EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/23/2010

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  ABA   


Coach Marc Fulcher 1949-2010 Four Time La Summer Pro League Champion - by Ozell Wells
[02:38:19] Steve Y. Wong: 'Coach' Marc Fulcher entered into rest January 19, 2010 in Manteca, CA. He was born on April 12, 1949 in Oakland, CA. He joins his parents in heaven, E.A. Fulcher and Iva R. Tullis, as well as one brother, Edgar A. Fulcher, Jr.

Marc leaves behind his loving wife, Wendy Fulcher and three daughters; Shavocki Fulcher of Stockton, Regina Fulcher of Manteca, and Tamra Bedford of Frisco, TX. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren; Tamaj Davis, Tayzhon Davis, Aliyah Woodall, Alijah Woodall and Jordan Bedford. Marc also leaves his brother, Raoul Fulcher of Oakland; two sister-in-laws, Calleen Fulcher and Dorothy Fulcher, both of Oakland; his closest friend, Reginald 'Rick' Jackson of Dublin; and a host of nieces, nephews and a basketball family who loved him dearly.

Marc was a native of North Oakland before making Manteca his home in 1988. He took Wendy as his best friend and companion for life on July 10, 1988. Marc was a loving husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, uncle, friend, coach, and mentor to many. He has aspirations of playing basketball himself but when an ankle injury prevented that, he turned to coaching. Marc and Wendy founded the Delta Jammers in 1994 and the basketball family that evolved from that is worldwide. Marc's success and inspiration was a blessing to everyone he touched.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:30am at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 North Union Road, Manteca. Donations may be made to UCSF Foundation - Liver Transplant, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. An on-line guest book is available at www.plfryandson.com and www.deltajammersplay2win.com


Seattle Mountaineers sends another player Overseas - by Richard
The Seattle Mountaineers overseas pipeline continues, Jamaal Miller (6'2''-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC), standout point guard, 17points, 8 assists and 3 steals a game, has signed with team Antranik Beirut in Lebanon. Miller will be the 4th Seattle Mountaineers to receive an overseas contract off of this seasons ABA team.
Miller (Lebanon) will join, Tyler Amaya and Kyle Dalvit (New Zealand, Otago Nuggets) and Matt Smith, (England, Coventry Crusaders). The Seattle Mountaineers program has gained a reputation overseas, as the place to come, to get high character players that are also very good basketball players, stated, Coach Sims.
source: www.seattle-mountaineers.org


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Dejan Parezanin new head coach of Bosna - by Zoran Popovic
After lost match against Cedevita and resignation Goran Sehovac, Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo hire former player Dejan Parezanin on position of head coach. Parezanin was coach of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo junior team and assistant coach of senior team. Before Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo, Parezanin was head coach of BC Vogosca MIMS in period 2005-2007. As a player, Parezanin played for Partizan, OKK Beograd, Radnicki, Ikogeka Aleksandrovac and Bosna. Parezanin will have debut this weekend against Siroki. Current score of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo is 3-14.

Zvezda waives their captain? - by Milan Jovanovic
After the Zvezda's captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) issued a contract-breaking application because of the club debts towards him were still unpaid, the registration comission decided in favour of a player, and he's a free agent if not closing the new deal with Zvezda in 7 days.
Dragicevic manager already offered Zvezda the new contract until the end of the season, agreeing to cutting his sallery, and erasing 35% of the old debts, but the latest informations from the last nights meeting of Zvezda officials report the club is most probably not to accept that, and possibly Dragicevic may depart very soon.



Vedran Princ leaves Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Cibona will continue this season without point guard Vedran Princ (192-G-82). The 28-year old player has asked for contract termination. The details for this decision were not disclosed, but there are some rumors that the player has clashed with Head Coach Velimir Perasovic. The following days will shed more light on Princ's case.
Vedran Princ started his career with Zrinski Soko Mostar before moving to Feal Siroki Brijeg in 2002. With Siroki he has won numerous trophies including 3 League titles and 2 national cups. After 5 seasons with Siroki, where he became a valuable role player, Princ was signed by Cibona in 2007. In his first year with the club, he appeared in 16 League games, averaging 7.0 points1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 56.0% from the field. Following season Princ averaged 2.3 points in 24 Adriatic league games, while in Croatian League he played in 15 games and posted averages of 5.8 points 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while converting 85.7% of his 2 point attempts. Princ demonstrated moments of brilliance last season, helping his team win the National Cup. With Cibona he has also won National Title last season after his team was better than Zadar in Playoff finals. So far in this season, Princ has appeared in 13 Adriatic league games and has posted averages of 2.5 points. In Euroleague, he has played in 8 games and has averaged 3.7 points and 1.0 rebound.


Bosnian team Zrinski Mostar already stated they would like to see Vedran Princ back after many years. However, it seems the player will refuse that offer.


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  ALGERIA   


The teams start the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Four teams won three of the first games in the start of the Second Stage in the country. NB Staouali reached 3-0 record after the latest victory over CSMC 77:71. CRM Birkhadem outscored OM Batna 44:35 for the same record to share the top. WA Boufarik is with 3-0 record after the victory over GS Petroliers 72:70 that was a real upset for the latter. CRB Dar El Beda is with 3-0 record defeating ASPTT 77:71 that was also an upset of the round.The next games are scheduled for January 22nd.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Simon Conn replaces Michael Pilgrim in Brunei Barracudas - by Eurobasket News
The Brunei Barracudas decided to release Michael Pilgrim (203-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: LSU-Shreveport). The team quoted the disciplinary issue is the main reason for the decision. The 25-year-old forward joined the Barracudas at the start of the season. He just graduated from the Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Michael Pilgrim averaged 14.0 points, 7.6 boards and 2.1 blocks per game in the NAIA action.
Michael Pilgrim tallied 16.5 points, 8.1 boards and 1.5 assists per game in the ASEAN League with the Barracudas.
The Brunei team will replace Pilgrim with Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Gardner-Webb). The 26-year-old centre started the season with the Sandringham Sabres in the Australian Basketball Association. Last season the Aussie played in Holland with the Hanzevast Capitals. The centre tallied 10.7 points, 4.7 boards and 1.3 steals per game.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Penney, Breakers23.4 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles19.2 
 3. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 4. Ballinger, 36ers17.3 
 5. Gilchrist, 36ers17.1 
 6. Hodge, Tigers17.0 
 7. Bruton, Breakers16.7 
 8. Worthington, Tig.16.6 
 9. Ubaka, Blaze16.4 
 10. Redhage, Per.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rolan ROBERTS
  Crocodiles
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Roberts, Crocodiles7.2 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.1 
 3. Rychart, Taipans7.0 
 4. Rickert, Breakers7.0 
 5. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
 6. Petrie, Blaze6.8 
 7. Worthington, Tig.6.8 
 8. Schenscher, Perth6.6 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.5 
 10. Redhage, Per.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hodge, Tigers5.8 
 2. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers4.4 
 4. Ubaka, Blaze4.4 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.6 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles3.5 
 7. Bruton, Breakers3.4 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 9. Boucher, Breakers3.3 
 10. Penney, Breake.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 2. Martin, Perth1.5 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles1.4 
 4. Jones, Taipans1.4 
 5. Hodge, Tigers1.3 
 6. Bruton, Breakers1.3 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 8. Lisch, Perth1.2 
 9. McKee, Hawks1.2 
 10. Robbins, Per.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Hodge, Tigers1.2 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 3. Penney, Breakers0.8 
 4. Redhage, Perth0.7 
 5. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 6. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 7. Lisch, Perth0.6 
 8. Melzer, Taipans0.6 
 9. Gilchrist, 36ers0.5 
 10. Rychart, Taipa.0.5 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Furstenfeld 16-2 
 2. Wels 15-3 
 3. Gmunden 14-4 
 4. Klosterneub. 14-4 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-5 
 6. Oberwart 9-9 
 7. Arkadia 8-10 
 8. St.Polten 8-10 
 9. Gussing 5-13 
 10. Vienna 5-13 
 11. Worthersee 1-17 
 12. UBSC Graz 0-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deteri MAYES
  Gmunden
  (189-G-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Mayes, Gmunden20.6 
 2. Roderick, Arkadia20.2 
 3. Francois, Gussing19.3 
 4. Penigar, Furstenf.19.1 
 5. Kugerl, Kapfenberg18.6 
 6. Dilys, Arkadia18.1 
 7. Levy, Oberwart17.6 
 8. Nagler, Klostern.17.4 
 9. Mahalbasic, Worth.17.3 
 10. Paez, Oberwa.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Johnson, Oberwart9.5 
 2. Penigar, Furstenf.8.7 
 3. Forrestal, UBSC G.8.3 
 4. McCandies, Worth.7.9 
 5. Conley, Wels7.8 
 6. Mahalbasic, Worth.7.6 
 7. Moric, Klostern.7.1 
 8. Heard, Gussing6.8 
 9. Anderson, Vienna6.6 
 10. Oppland, Gmund.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alexander LANEGGER
  UBSC Graz
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.8 
 2. Danek, Arkadia4.6 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 4. Richards, Gussing4.3 
 5. Woschank, Kapfe.4.2 
 6. Schreiner, St.Po.3.7 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg3.6 
 8. Creddle, Klostern.3.5 
 9. Zeleznik, UBSC G.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Vien.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Arkadia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Roderick, Arkadia2.3 
 2. Payton, Vienna2.1 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.1.9 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 5. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 6. Schreiner, St.Po.1.7 
 7. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
 8. Conley, Wels1.6 
 9. Anderson, Vienna1.6 
 10. Fields, We.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.3 
 3. Bralovic, Arkadia0.8 
 4. Anderson, Vienna0.8 
 5. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 7. Moric, Klostern.0.6 
 8. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 
 9. Conley, Wels0.5 
 10. Skurdauskas, Ark.0.4 


A Bundesliga: Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
Wels - Worthersee 94-67
Five games of Round 18 were played last night and one on Wednesday. The second ranked Wels blasted Worthersee 94-67 mostly owing to Tilo Klette (205-C/F-77), who came up with monster double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. He missed just once from the field and did all of this for 29 minutes on the floor. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) helped with 19 pts. Visitors got 16 points from Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90). Wels 15-3, Worthersee 1-17.

Vienna - Kapfenberg 65-72
Valuable road win for the Bulls, who got 17 points from Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86). Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) scored 15 and Armin Woschank (184-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) was the last one with double digits (10 pts). Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) replied with 21 points for the hosts. Bulls 13-5, Vienna 5-13.

UBSC Graz - Klosterneub. 78-88
Klosterneuburg grabbed a road win against the winless Graz improving to 14-4 score in Austrian top division. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) led the winners with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) was second scorer in victory with 15 pts. In Graz (0-18), Damir Zeleznik (191-G-80, agency: Heinrich Sports) delivered 25 pts.

Arkadia - St.Polten 82-76
Arkadia was better than St Potlen joining it on the seventh place with 8-10 score. Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure) shined for the hosts with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Terrence Roderick (198-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) added 23 pts and 6 boards. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) netted 22 pts in loss.

Oberwart - Gmunden 79-93
Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) and Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) were the leading players in this victory with 24 and 21 points respectively. Enis Murati (195-F-88) also had very important role netting 17 points for just 14 minutes on the floor. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) shined with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Gunners. Gmunden 14-4, Oberwart 9-9.

Gussing - Furstenfeld 74-78
Furstenfeld Panthers jumped to impressive 16-2 score, remaining on top of the Austrian A Bundesleague. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) paced his team to victory on Wednesday evening with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri St.) secured a good help with 16 pts and 7 boards. In Gussing (5-13), Marcus Heard (201-F-84, college: De Paul) shined with 23 points and 11 rebounds.


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Ahli 11-2 
 2. Al Manama 11-2 
 3. Muharraq 10-3 
 4. Al Hala 9-4 
 5. Issa Town 7-6 
 6. Sitra 6-7 
 7. Nuwaidrat 5-8 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-9 
 9. Al Najma 2-11 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-13 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.25.8 
 2. Broadus, Suduva21.7 
 3. Reed, Tallinna Kalev20.8 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.8 
 5. Gailius, Siauliai19.3 
 6. Davis, Valmiera19.0 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 8. Kieza, Suduva18.6 
 9. Covington, Tallin.18.5 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakal.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 2. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.2 
 3. Watson, Zalgiris9.1 
 4. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev8.8 
 6. Valanciunas, Perlas8.6 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera8.6 
 8. Morrison, TU/Rock8.2 
 9. Kojenets, Liepaja8.0 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.3 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.5 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.3 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 6. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 7. Maceina, Rudupis5.3 
 8. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.1 
 9. Kelys, Perlas5.0 
 10. Popovic, Lietuv.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.0 
 2. Bitinas, Neptunas2.6 
 3. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.5 
 4. Covington, Tallin.2.5 
 5. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.5 
 6. Davis, Valmiera2.4 
 7. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.4 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 10. Vileita, Rudup.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.7 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas2.1 
 4. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 6. Saks, TTU K.1.5 
 7. Toome, TTU K.1.4 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.1.4 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 11-0 
 2. Zalgiris 11-1 
 3. Siauliai 6-4 
 4. Ventspils 6-5 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 5-5 
 6. TU/Rock 4-7 
 7. Valmiera 4-7 
 8. VEF Riga 3-8 
 9. Nevezis 2-8 
 10. Liepaja 2-9 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 6-2 
 2. Juventus 5-3 
 3. Sakalai 4-4 
 4. Techasas 4-4 
 5. Valga Welg 1-7 
Group B
 1. Perlas 6-2 
 2. Tallinna Kalev 5-3 
 3. Zemgale 4-4 
 4. Alytus Alita 3-5 
 5. Aisciai 2-6 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 6-2 
 2. TTU KK 5-3 
 3. Neptunas 5-3 
 4. Suduva 4-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-8 


Techasas bring in Aidas Viskontas - by Eurobasket News
Techasas recruited Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86). The 23-year-old guard spent the previous season in Nevezis. He tallied 12.2 points, 3.3 boards and 6.3 assists per game in the LKL. In Baltic League his stats were also solid as the guard notched 9.8 points, 4.3 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.6 steals per appearance. It was his second season in Nevezis. Earlier Aidas Viskontas played in Zalgiris junior team, Nafta/Laivite Klaipeda, Sakalai and Neptunas. Aidas Viskontas is expected to debut for Techasas against his former team Nevezis tonight.


Marius Prekevicius returns to Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) made the decision to join Siauliai. The 25-year-old guard played for Siauliai in 2006/07 and 07/08 seasons. Marius Prekevicius moved to Ukraine in March of 2009. The guard joined the Ukrainian champions Azovmash. Prekevicius tallied 9.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 boards in this season in Superleague. In the VTB-League he tallied 10.7 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 boards per appearance. Prekevicius also had stints with Anwil and Lietuvos Rytas.


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  BELGIUM   


Dexia Mons-Hainaut, Charleroi, Oostende and Aalstar in Belgian Cup Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play Spirou Charleroi and Base Oostende will match up with Generali Okapi Aalstar in the semi-finals of the Belgian Cup. Mons defeated Antwerp Giants, while Spirou Charleroi took care of business against Passe-Partout Leuven Bears. Oostende continues its winning streak, beating Belgacom Lige while Generali Okapi Aalstar overcame the 16-point deficit suffered in the first game to eliminate Optima Gent. The semi-finals will be decided over two games. Oostende and Mons first play at home. Base Oostende will play Generali Okapi Aalstar on the 10 and 17th of March. Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Spirou Charleroi will be matched up on the 17th of February and the 17th of March

Courtesy of www.basketleague.be


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 13-1 
 2. Xinjiang 13-1 
 3. Zhejiang G.L. 12-2 
 4. Shanghai 11-3 
 5. Jiangsu 10-4 
 6. Liaoning 8-6 
 7. Fujian 8-6 
 8. Zhejiang C. 7-7 
 9. Bayi 7-7 
 10. Shandong 6-8 
 11. Beijing 5-9 
 12. Jilin 4-10 
 13. Qingdao DS 4-10 
 14. TianJin R. 3-11 
 15. DongGuan 3-11 
 16. Shaanxi 3-12 
 17. Shanxi Zh. 3-12 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.1
 1. Emmett, Shandong35.1 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang29.8 
 3. White, Zhejiang.29.6 
 4. Edwards, Shaanxi29.3 
 5. Lamizana, TianJ.27.3 
 6. Brown, Zhejiang C.26.8 
 7. Rodgers, Jilin26.7 
 8. Pickett, Shaanxi25.7 
 9. Lucas, Shanghai25.0 
 10. Wang, Ba.24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo COLLINS
  Jilin
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Collins, Jilin14.4 
 2. Mays, Beijing13.1 
 3. Ramos, Zhejiang.12.8 
 4. Zhang, DongGuan11.9 
 5. Williams, Zhejiang C.11.6 
 6. Swift, Shandong11.5 
 7. Gaines, Xinjiang11.4 
 8. Oyedeji, Liaoning11.4 
 9. Samake, Jilin10.7 
 10. Watkins, Jiang.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 XiaoMing LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Lu, Fujian6.9 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 3. Parker, Guandong5.4 
 4. Liu, Shanghai5.2 
 5. Lucas, Shanghai5.1 
 6. White, Zhejiang.4.4 
 7. Brown, Zhejiang C.4.3 
 8. Pickett, Shaanxi4.2 
 9. Fahed, TianJin R.4.2 
 10. Allen, Xinjia.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Williams, Qingd.4.7 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu3.9 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.6 
 4. Emmett, Shandong2.8 
 5. Zhong, Jilin2.7 
 6. Gaines, Xinjiang2.6 
 7. Wang, Bayi2.6 
 8. Lu, Fujian2.6 
 9. Brown, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 10. Smith, Shanxi.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Collins, Jilin3.3 
 3. Swift, Shandong2.5 
 4. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.2 
 5. McCoy, Fujian2.1 
 6. Watkins, Jiangsu2.1 
 7. Siler, Shanghai2.0 
 8. Xu, Bayi1.9 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 10. Smith, Shanxi.1.6 


CBA Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jilin - Guandong 92-103
Guandong shares the top with 13-1 record beating Jilin 103:92. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 30 points, Parker Smush collected 18 points, 12 boards and 9 assists, while Harrison David had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Yu Shulong and Zhong Cheng ended up with 18 points apiece in defeat.

Beijing - Shaanxi 95-84
Beijing rolled over Shaanxi 95:84 at the Regular Season Round 15. Mays James (206-F-86, college: Clemson) paced all the winners with 30 points and 13 boards, while Chen Lei and Xie LiBin added 19 each. Edwards Corsley replied with 20 points in the losing case.

Xinjiang - Zhejiang C. 109-89
Xinjiang shares the top with 13-1 record cruising past Zhejiang C. 109:89. Gaines Charles (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: S.Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Mai WuLan added 18 points. Williams Marcus ended up with 21 points for the Cyclones.

Shanghai - Shandong 127-114
Shanghai improved to 11-3 record beating Shandong 127:114. Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) exploded with 36 points for the winners and Liu Wei added 29. Emmett Andre responded with 42 points in the losing effort.

Zhejiang G.L. - Liaoning 115-95
Zhejiang G.L. has 12-2 record now after the win over Liaoning 115:95. White Rodney (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) paced the Lions with 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Wang Bo posted 21. Robinson Brandon ended up with 20 points for the Hunters and Oyedeji Olumide added 15.

DongGuan - Jiangsu 103-113
DongGuan lost to Jiangsu 103:113 as the latter got 30 points and 16 rebounds from Harvey Donnell (203-C-80, college: Florida). Watkins Jameel collected 28 points and 12 boards, while Yi Li added 22. Kelley Tre delivered 21 points in the losing case.

Fujian - Shanxi Zh. 102-99
Fujian is now with 8-6 record beating Shanxi 102:99. Porter Chris (201-F-78, college: Auburn) paced all the winners with 22 poinst and 17 rebounds, whilst McCoy Jelani nailed 16. Benson Lee erupted with 31 points and 19 rebounds in defeat and Duan JiangPeng posted 22.

Qingdao DS - Bayi 103-87
Williams Chris (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) paced Qingdao DS over Bayi in a 103:87 win with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 boards. Okosa Reggie debuted with 18 points and 10 boards as well as Chen Kai had 18 points. Hu Ke responded with 21 points in defeat.



Marbury Still Absent, Guangdong, Xinjiang, Zhejiang Lions, Shanghai Appear in Win Column - by Arthur Volbert
There is still no sign of Stephon Marbury at Shanxi Zhongyu, which was edged by Fujian 102-99.

Chris Porter led Fujian with 22 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Jelani McCoy had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Yang Chao scored 15 and Gong Songlin had 14. Lv Xiaoming had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Luo Xudong had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Lee Benson led Shanxi with 31 points and 19 rebounds, and Zhongyu may need to play with more than one ball if Benson is kept when Marbury joins the team. Maurice Taylor had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Young Duan Jiangpeng continued his consistent high performances with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Wei Mingliang scored 13.

Zhu Fangyu had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as Guangdong defeated Jilin 103-92. Smush Parker had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists, but also 8 turnovers. David Harrison had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Shipeng scored 15. Zhou Peng scored 9 and Dong Hanlin had 8. Young 206 cm widebody Zhong Cheng, who was once China's high school player of the year, continued his recent stellar performances for Jilin with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Yu Shulong had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. DeAngelo Collins had 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Tasheed Carr had 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Biao scored 16.

Charles Gaines had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals to lead Xinjiang to a 109-89 drubbing of Zhejiang. Mai Wulan had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes backing up starter Mengke Bateer, who had 13 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had another excellent game with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists at point guard. Import point guard Myron Allen only played 24 minutes with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guozhong had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Zhejiang. Wang Nan had 15 points and 3 assists. Ding Jinhui had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Deng Li had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei had 9 points and 5 assists. Zhang Dayu had 8 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes. Andre Brown did not play.

The Zhejiang Lions beat Liaoning 115-95 behind 34 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists from Rodney White. Wang Bo had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Lin Chieh-Cheh had 16 points and 3 steals. Young point guard Wang Fei had 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Peter John Ramos had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Brandon Robinson had 20 points and 4 rebounds for Liaoning. Olumide Oyedeji had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Yang Ming and Liu Shunan each scored 10. 7-1 300 Han Dejun had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes.

Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) had 36 points and 6 assists as Shanghai overwhelmed Shandong 127-114. Liu Wei had 29 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Garret Siler had 19 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in 26 minutes. Li Gen had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Ligang scored 11. Zaid Abbaas had 9 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Andre Emmett had 42 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for Shandong. Young 209 cm Wu Ke had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. Stromile Swift, whose performance does not live up to his hype, had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. Sun Jie had 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Young Sui Ran, still learning, had 6 points and 3 rebounds before fouling out in 18 minutes.

Chris Williams had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals as Qindao defeated Bayi 103-87. Reggie Okosa, a new import replacing Frans Steyn, had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Chen Kai had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Zhao Anan and Sun Shengyue each scored 16. Hu Ke, who once was considered China's most promising power forward, had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Bayi. Li Ke had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Delehei scored 12.

Melvin Ely had 30 points and 13 rebounds as Beijing defeated Shaanxi 95-84. Chen Lei had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Xie Libin had 19 points and 4 steals. James Mays had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Yunsong had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Corsley Edwards had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks for Shaanxi. Zheng Zhun had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Zhao Nan scored 18. Tim Pickett had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 turnovers. Young point guard Feng Tian, a former high school MVP, had 5 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Donnell Harvey had 30 points and 16 rebounds as Jiangsu defeated Dongguan 113-103. Jameel Harvey had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Yi Li had 22 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Da scored 11. These 6 players played all but 4 minutes of the game. Tre Kelley led Dongguan with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Cedric Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Meng Duo scored 14. Young 7-3 Sun Zhe had his best performance of the season with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes. Zhang Kai had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Song Kangming only played 14 minutes, ceding playing time to Simmons and Sun.



Qing Dao DS Beat Ba Yi at Round 15 - by Robert Wang
CBA round 15 just finished and the biggest news should be the game between Qing Dao DS team and Ba Yi team, Qing Dao beat Ba Yi at 103:87. Qing Dao signed their new import big guy Reggie Okosa and this is Okosa' first game in China today and he received 18 points and 10 rebounds, with 3 assists and 2 steals. While another import Chris Williams got 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals, 4 block shots and 6 assists. Chris Williams has been leading the steal in CBA so far and he has been helping his team a lot. Other game results is: Xin Jiang 109:89 Zhe Jiang, Bei Jing 95:84 Shaan Xi, JI Lin 92:103 Guang Dong, Fu Jian SBS 102:99 Shan Xi, Dong Guan 103:113 Jiang Su, Guang Sha 115:95 Liao Ning, Shang Hai 127:114 Shan Dong.

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Vedran Princ leaves Cibona - by Eurobasket News
Cibona will continue this season without point guard Vedran Princ (192-G-82). The 28-year old player has asked for contract termination. The details for this decision were not disclosed, but there are some rumors that the player has clashed with Head Coach Velimir Perasovic. The following days will shed more light on Princ's case.
Vedran Princ started his career with Zrinski Soko Mostar before moving to Feal Siroki Brijeg in 2002. With Siroki he has won numerous trophies including 3 League titles and 2 national cups. After 5 seasons with Siroki, where he became a valuable role player, Princ was signed by Cibona in 2007. In his first year with the club, he appeared in 16 League games, averaging 7.0 points1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 56.0% from the field. Following season Princ averaged 2.3 points in 24 Adriatic league games, while in Croatian League he played in 15 games and posted averages of 5.8 points 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while converting 85.7% of his 2 point attempts. Princ demonstrated moments of brilliance last season, helping his team win the National Cup. With Cibona he has also won National Title last season after his team was better than Zadar in Playoff finals. So far in this season, Princ has appeared in 13 Adriatic league games and has posted averages of 2.5 points. In Euroleague, he has played in 8 games and has averaged 3.7 points and 1.0 rebound.


Bosnian team Zrinski Mostar already stated they would like to see Vedran Princ back after many years. However, it seems the player will refuse that offer.


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Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 17-2 
 2. Bakken 14-5 
 3. Horsholm 13-6 
 4. SISU 12-7 
 5. Naestved 10-8 
 6. Aabyhoj 7-11 
 7. Horsens IC 6-11 
 8. Aalborg 5-13 
 9. Amager BK 5-14 
 10. Randers 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Johnson, Bakken23.8 
 2. Kearse, SISU23.2 
 3. Smith, Svendborg22.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.2 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.1 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Johansen, Naestved19.1 
 8. Dennis, Naestved18.2 
 9. Vance, Aalborg17.9 
 10. Proctor, Bakk.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj10.5 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.10.5 
 3. Iversen, Svendborg9.4 
 4. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 5. Vance, Aalborg9.2 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.1 
 7. Willis, Randers8.0 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.7 
 10. Kalvelis, SI.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smedley, Randers6.2 
 2. Jakobsen, Bakken5.4 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU4.8 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm4.7 
 5. Bradley, Amager BK4.6 
 6. Smith, Svendborg4.4 
 7. Darboe, Horsholm4.4 
 8. Dennis, Naestved4.2 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg3.9 
 10. Christensen, Amager.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.8 
 2. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 3. Proctor, Bakken2.1 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
 7. Dennis, Naestved1.6 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.5 
 9. Houguet, Aalborg1.5 
 10. Nielsen, Rande.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj3.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.2 
 3. Willis, Randers1.5 
 4. Johnson, Bakken1.4 
 5. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 6. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.3 
 7. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 8. Kalvelis, SISU1.1 
 9. Seilund, Amager BK1.0 
 10. Baskauskas, Amager.0.9 


Horsens IC Withstands Late Run From Cimbria - by Evan Thompson
Despite a late push from Randers Cimbria Basketball, Horsens IC held on for the win, moving them to 6-11 on the season. Randers Cimbria Basketball dropped to 4-16 and remains at the bottom of the leagues standings.

After jumping out to a 32-21 lead after the first quarter, Horsens held the lead and never truly let Randers Cimbria Basketball back into contention. Although Chris Nielsen delivered a game-high 30 points for Randers Cimbria Basketball, it was Horsens solid and balanced team play that led them to victory.

Five players scored in double-figures for Horsens. Many of the scores were due to the superior spacing and execution that carried the team to victory. Of course it helped to also get a 23 point, 15 rebound performance out of Brian Johnson.

Game Notes:
Rickey Claitt (188-G-81, college: Oregon St.) and D.J. Smedley (180-G-84, college: Ill.-Chicago) provided basketball fans with a fun matchup at point guard this evening. Neither shot the ball particularly well from plus-fifteen feet, but both were solid at breaking down the defense. Claitt, and especially Smedley, are extremely quick and fast compared to the rest of the danish league, thus giving them a sizable natural advantage. They used their speed to set up their own shots as well as the shots of their respective teammates.

Along with the win, Claitt won the head-to-head matchup. With 15 points, 7 assists, and only two turnovers, Claitt beat out Smedleys 17 points, 2 assists and 7 turnovers



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Latest games review (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Dakota W. 84-107
Curtis Withers tallied a game-high 31 points and 13 rebounds as he helped spark a Dakota Wizards second-half rally in a 107-84 win over Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday night at the Bismarck Civic Center. The Vipers were outrebounded 52-30 by the Wizards, who improved to 11-11 on the season while the Vipers dropped to 15-6. Michael Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) finished the game with 22 points and seven rebounds and a career high four steals. Temple scored just three points during the final three quarters to finish with 15 while hauling in five rebounds. Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) tallied 17 and dished out eight assists, while Jonathan Wallace scored 12 off thee bench to round out the Rio Grande Valley's top scorers. Longtime Wizards point guard Mo Baker finished a rebound and three assists shy of a triple double while scoring 22. Major scored 18 with eight boards and Darren Cooper scored 16 with four assists to round out the top performers for the Wizards. *Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com

Erie Bay H. - Austin T. 113-121
The Austin Toros and the Erie BayHawks faced off in their first and only meeting of the season at the Austin Convention Center, with the Toros coming out on top 121-113. The BayHawks had four players in double figures: Jackson 34 points (season high), Alade Aminu 22 points, Frank Tolbert 17 points, and Cliff Clinkscales 16 points. Aminu led the team in rebounds with 15. Jackson led all with 13 assists. Adidas Player of the Game, Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon), led the Toros with 31 points and 5 assists. All five of the Toros starters scored at least 20 points: Malik Hairston's 31, Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) 22, Gee 21, Bowen and Jerrells 20. Jones notched his 16th double-double of the season with 15 boards. Bowen also had a double-double after accumulating 12 rebounds. * Courtesy of www.mlntherawfeed.com

Idaho S. - Utah F. 116-108
The Utah Flash returned home from a five-game road trip Tuesday night to host the Idaho Stampede. For the second time this season, it took overtime to decide the outcome between the Flash and Stampede; this time with the Stampede coming out on top 116-108. Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) led the way for Idaho with 36 points and was helped by Donell Taylor with 23 points and NBA-Assignee Patrick Mills chipped in 21. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Austin T. 124-133 OT
The Austin Toros and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants battled it out in their only meeting of the season at the Austin Convention Center, with a Toros victory 133-124. Ants Guard Robert Kurz fouled out in overtime with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Six other Mad Ants (9-14) scored in double figures: Lafayette 23 points, Rashad Anderson 18, Wilmont 17, Ryan Ayers 16, Sonderleiter 14, Kyle McAlarney 12. Adidas players of the game were Eddie Basden and Malik Hairston. Basden added 12 points, 7 rebounds, and led the team in steals and assists with 4. Four Toros players scored 20 or more, led by Malik Hairston 's 35, Curtis Jerrells 24, Alonzo Gee 21, and Jones 20. Jones notched his sixth straight double-double and 17th of the season with 23 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield - Albuquerque 102-117
The box-score will be available soon.

Reno Bighorns - Utah F. 101-93
The Utah Flash took the floor Wednesday night to face the visiting Reno Bighorns. Reno came into tonight's game riding a season high four game winning streak, and lengthened it to five. The Flash battled all night to keep it close , but in the end, hot shooting Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) and the Bighorns pulled away to hand Utah their second straight home-court loss 101-93. Utah finished the game with five in double digit scoring figures led by Greene with 19. The Flash also had four technical fouls in the game. For Reno it was all guard Desmon Farmer. Farmer finished with 31 points, 20 in the second half. Forward Doug Thomas (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Iowa) had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. *Courtesy of www.mlntherawfeed.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 100-109
Records don't matter much when the Springfield Armor and Maine Red Claws meet up. Heading into last nights matchup in Massachusetts, the Red Claws entered with a 13-7 record, second in the eastern conference, while the Armor sat at a lowly 4-15 and in last place in the conference. However, after last nights 109-100 victory, the Armor now own three of their five wins on the season over Maine, having taken three of the last five after Maine won the first three matchups by a combined 53 points. Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice), the former first round NBA Draft pick of the Utah Jazz, scored a game high 29 points for the Armor on 8-11 shooting. He also went to the free-throw line 17 times, connecting on 12 attempts. His 17 attempted free-throws were five more than the entire Maine team attempted. For the game Springfield was 28-37 from the line, while Maine was 9-12. Former Red Claws backup guard Abdulai Jalloh, now with the Armor, exploded for career highs of 24 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six steals against his former club. Boston Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens was not enough for Maine, as he scored a team-high 23 points on 9-14 shooting. *by Surujh Roopnarine


Courtney Sims Returns to the D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
The reigning NBA D-League Most Valuable Player, Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan), has returned to the Iowa Energy. The 6-11 Sims returns to the D-league after an unsuccessful stint with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow. The former Michigan big man appeared in only one Euroleague game with CSKA, scoring six points in 12 minutes and was in fact replaced earlier this month with former D-League star Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, college: George Washington). Last year with the Energy, Sims appeared in 32 games and was fifth in the league in scoring (22.8ppg), third in rebounding (11.0rpg) to go along with 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks all while leading the league in field goal percentage (60.5%). In addition to being named MVP, Sims was also Co-MVP of the D-League All-Star Game along with Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.). Sims is in his third professional season and will make his 2009-10 D-league season debut on Saturday night as the Energy take on the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants at 11pm EST on a nationally broadcast game on Versus.

Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 19-5 
 2. Dakota W. 11-11 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 11-11 
 4. Erie Bay H. 10-14 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 8-15 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 16-6 
 2. Maine R.Claws 13-9 
 3. Austin T. 12-9 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 12-9 
 5. Albuquerque 10-12 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 14-11 
 2. Idaho S. 12-8 
 3. Reno Bighorns 9-12 
 4. Los Angeles D. 6-10 
 5. Springfield A. 5-15 
 6. Bakersfield J. 5-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Almond, Springfi.28.4 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande27.6 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.7 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.24.3 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.22.4 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque22.4 
 8. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.4 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.21.0 
 10. Gee, Austin.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.3 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 4. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.11.1 
 5. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA11.1 
 6. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.1 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.9.8 
 8. Simpson, Los A.9.5 
 9. Cummings, Spring.9.0 
 10. Harris, Rio Gran.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.0 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande8.5 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.6 
 4. Curry, Springfield A.7.5 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.8 
 7. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 9. Anderson, Rio G.6.2 
 10. Clinkscales, Erie.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.8 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.4 
 3. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Charlo, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.1.9 
 10. Powell, Albuquerq.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.1 
 2. Ajinca, Maine RC3.4 
 3. Looby, Albuquerque2.9 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Looby, Rio Grande2.6 
 6. Trybanski, Reno B.2.3 
 7. Jones, Austin T.2.1 
 8. Hardin, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 9. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.1.8 
 10. Simpson, Los.1.6 


Springfield Armor Take Down Red Claws 109-100 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Records dont matter much when the Springfield Armor and Maine Red Claws meet up. Heading into last nights matchup in Massachusetts, the Red Claws entered with a 13-7 record, second in the eastern conference, while the Armor sat at a lowly 4-15 and in last place in the conference. However, after last nights 109-100 victory, the Armor now own three of their five wins on the season over Maine, having taken three of the last five after Maine won the first three matchups by a combined 53 points. Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice), the former first round NBA Draft pick of the Utah Jazz, scored a game high 29 points for the Armor on 8-11 shooting. He also went to the free-throw line 17 times, connecting on 12 attempts. His 17 attempted free-throws were five more than the entire Maine team attempted. For the game Springfield was 28-37 from the line, while Maine was 9-12. Former Red Claws backup guard Abdulai Jalloh (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU), now with the Armor, exploded for career highs of 24 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six steals against his former club. Boston Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, college: N.Mexico) was not enough for Maine, as he scored a team-high 23 points on 9-14 shooting.
MAINE: J.R. Giddens (23pt+6as), Darnell Lazare (18pt), Will Blalock (15pt+8as), Trey Gilder (11pt+7rb)
SPRINGFIELD: Morris Almond (29pt+6to), Abdulai Jalloh (24pt+12rb+5as+6st), T.J. Cummings (18pt), Marcus Campbell (3pt+9rb+5as)



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  EL SALVADOR   


Bukele wants a professional league - by Jaime Arevalo
Wihile the National Team started practicing under head coach Vladimir Aguilar and Coach Assistant Ernesto Rodriguez , Salvadorean basketball is shaked by the announcement of NT member Yamil Bukele (195-F-78), who says that it is time to build a treo professional league in the country. The new league shold be named Liga Elite de Baloncesto de El Salvador (LEBES), and Bukele introduced his project to the media operators and to officials of Salvadorean Basketball Federation (FeSaBal). The idea is to collect some well organized teams, bringing them pace after pace to a true professionalism, to be fully realized in some years of time. The first season could be played by not more than six teams, with at least three import players each, to grant immediately a good level of competition. Bukele also declared that he is yet in contact with two USA professional leagues interested to help the future LEBES, exchanging players, coaches and so on. According with FeSaBal Manager and veteran coach Rodolfo Mena , the project will be analyzed as soon as possible, for sure it seems an interesting idea.


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 13-4 
 2. TU/Rock 12-4 
 3. TTU KK 12-5 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 10-5 
 5. Valga Welg 9-7 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 5-11 
 7. Parnu 3-12 
 8. Kuremaa 1-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.24.2 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Reed, Tallinna Kalev18.4 
 4. Kriisa, Rakvere18.1 
 5. Kurg, Kuremaa17.9 
 6. Toome, TTU K.17.1 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.16.3 
 8. Covington, Tallin.15.6 
 9. Raap, Parnu15.3 
 10. Kikerpill, Valga We.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGee, Kuremaa10.5 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.5 
 3. Toome, TTU K.9.4 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.1 
 5. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.8.4 
 6. Kriisa, Rakvere8.3 
 7. Erm, Parnu8.1 
 8. Silinskis, Valga Welg8.0 
 9. Winston, Kuremaa7.7 
 10. Tagamets, Valga.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere5.1 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.7 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg3.8 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock3.4 
 5. Saage, Rakvere3.3 
 6. Winston, Kuremaa3.3 
 7. Sokk, TU/Rock3.0 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 9. Tein, TU/Rock2.4 
 10. Tamm, TTU.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (187-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.4 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 5. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 6. Kriisa, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Kurg, Kuremaa1.9 
 8. Tamm, TTU K.1.8 
 9. McGee, Kuremaa1.8 
 10. Karner, Par.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Silinskis, Valga Welg2.8 
 2. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.6 
 3. Toome, TTU K.1.8 
 4. Talts, TU/Rock1.5 
 5. McGee, Kuremaa1.2 
 6. Hallik, Rakvere1.1 
 7. Kitsing, TU/Rock1.0 
 8. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 9. Saks, TTU K.0.8 
 10. Viiask, TU/Ro.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Batiste is the third victim!! - by Chris Mammides
This is the most unlucky seazon for the triple crowners!! After the serious injury of the Greek international power forward, Kostas Tsartsaris, and the slightest injury of Andrew Nickolas, a third incident took place in Panathinaikos tonight's training, the new injury of Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) could be the reason of a new transfer for the Greek permanent champions and the head coach Obradovic. Batiste, will remain out of courts for at least ten days. There are serious rumors that the American player Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) who's currently playing in the magic world of NBA with the team of San Antonio Spurs and remained a free agent this afternoon. Within the next 3-4 days the official announcement will take place.

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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 23-5 
 2. Kouvot 20-7 
 3. ToPo 17-11 
 4. Honka 16-12 
 5. KTP 16-12 
 6. LrNMKY 16-12 
 7. Korihait 14-14 
 8. Namika Lahti 12-16 
 9. Kataja 10-16 
 10. FoKoPo 8-19 
 11. Karhu 8-20 
 12. Salon Vilpas 6-22 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.1 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo22.4 
 4. Turner, LrNM.20.1 
 5. Lowe, Pyrinto19.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.1 
 7. Reid, Korihait18.9 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.18.7 
 9. Golson, Karhu18.7 
 10. Moye, Kouv.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Wood, Karhu15.2 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.3 
 3. McDade, KTP12.1 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.11.2 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot11.1 
 6. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto10.1 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.9.8 
 9. Kotti, Honka9.8 
 10. Smith, Kar.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Wood, Karhu4.9 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti4.1 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto3.7 
 5. Trotter, ToPo3.6 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.1 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 9. Jarvinen, LrNM.2.8 
 10. Elliott, Hon.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.2 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.0 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.8 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.4 
 5. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 6. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 7. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 8. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 9. Washington, KTP1.9 
 10. Williams, Pyrin.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 J''son STAMPER
  LrNMKY
  (200-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Stamper, LrNM.1.1 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.9 
 3. Hudson, Korihait0.9 
 4. Pearson, ToPo0.8 
 5. Shiloh, Kouvot0.8 
 6. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 7. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.7 
 9. Clarkson, Kataja0.7 
 10. Riley, Namika Lah.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Damon Williams 35 pts/14 rbs - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 28: Very interesting round tonight. Actually just one clear win, when Kouvot (Kouvola) crushing Vilpas (Salo) 94-74 and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) leading the hosts with 24 points. All other four games were more or less thrillers. FT shooting seems to be sometimes very difficult. Sharpshooter Sami Pekkola (200-F-83) (YMCA LPR) missed both FTs five seconds to go (64-64) and Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) (Honka) then scored at the buzzer 64-66 sweet win for Honka. Kimmo Kujansivu was the new Coach at the end of Honka bench. Gordon Herbert had to quit at this stage because of back problems and pains. In Kotka Top League leading scorer Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) (YMCA Lahti) missed four FTs during the last 1,5 minutes and KTP won 94-90. Both teams missed too many FTs: KTP 53,3% (16/30), YMCA Lahti 55,5% (15/27). Eric Washington (KTP) on injured list (knee) and DNP. In Uusikaupunki local Korihait lost the fourth quarter 13-23 and by the same the contest (68-78) vs Karhu (Kauhajoki). Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) and Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) were in great shape. In Helsinki visitor Pyrinto (Tampere) got a slow start, but won the third quarter 13-32 and came back to the game. Pyrinto's zone defense was poison for ToPo and at the same time ToPo's 'D' was like open doors tonight. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (Pyrinto) was the game MVP: 35 pts and 14 rbs.
Kouvot - Vilpas 94-74 (52-28) (AJ Moye 24, Antti Kanervo 20, Ross Neltner 18 - Charlie Burgess 19/10, Lawrence Hamm 17/13, Samu Kaaresvirta 14).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Honka 64-66 (37-34) (Robert Turner 21, Adam Hall 11 - Carl Elliott 19, Jukka Matinen 14, Tuukka Kotti 13).
KTP - YMCA Lahti 94-90 (48-42) (Isaac Spencer 25/18, Ryan McDade 19/17, Pasi Heinonen 14 - Ricky Hickman 33, Corey Rouse 16, Ray Nixon 13).
Korihait - Kauhajoki 68-78 (38-34) (AZ Reid 18, Darryl Hudson 15, Mikko Jalonen 11 - Reggie Golson 19, Jeremiah Wood 17/16, Maurice Horton 13).
Torpan Pojat - Pyrinto 89-100 (50-38) (Obie Trotter 32, Tyray Pearson 16, Samuel Haanpaa 12 - Damon Williams 35/14, Chris Hester 19, Kenny Lowe 18).


Korisliiga Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KTP - Namika Lahti 94-90
Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.) came up with 25 points and 18 boards to lead KTP past Namika Lahti. Ryan McDade added 19 points and 17 rebounds in the sixteenth victory for the hosts. Ricky Hickman answered with 33 points, 8 caroms and 5 assists for Namika Lahti.

LrNMKY - Honka 64-66
Tuukka Kotti knocked down a late jumper to propel Honka past LrNMKY. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) scored 19 points for the Playboys. Jukka Matinen added 14 poins for the winners. LrNMKY answered with 21 points and 5 boards from Robert Turner.

ToPo - Pyrinto 89-100
Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) stepped up with 35 points, 14 boards and 5 assists to lead Pyrinto to the 23rd win in the championship. The league leaders shot down ToPo on the road. Chris Hester contributed 19 points in the win. Obie Trotter accounted for 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for ToPo in defeat.

Korihait - Karhu 68-78
Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 19 points to help Karhu overcome Korihait on the road. Jeremiah Wood had 17 points, 16 boards and 6 assists in the eighth win for Karhu. Arizona Reid stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Korihait as they suffered the 14th loss.

Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 94-74
Kouvot registered the 20th win as they cruised past Salon Vilpas. Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) scored 24 points to lead Kouvot. Antti Kanervo added 20 points for the winners. Charlie Burgess scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Vikings.



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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Tyler KEPKAY
  ETB Wohnbau
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Kepkay, ETB W.24.5 
 2. Holloway, Hannover21.6 
 3. Hodges, Heidelberg20.8 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.1 
 5. Jeka, Cuxhaven18.5 
 6. Burleson, Heidelberg18.5 
 7. Dorris, Cuxhaven18.1 
 8. Komarek, Heide.18.0 
 9. Baxley, Braves17.8 
 10. Bynum, Crailshe.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Langen
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Hird, Langen12.1 
 2. Smallwood, Braves9.5 
 3. Baker, Osnabrueck9.3 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.5 
 5. Rastatter, Chemn.8.4 
 6. Maras, B.Muenchen8.4 
 7. Hill, Jena8.3 
 8. Ferguson, Noerdlin.8.2 
 9. Richardson, Karls.8.1 
 10. Jackson-W., Je.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Whit HOLCOMB-FAYE
  Braves
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.7.5 
 2. Bynum, Crailsheim5.6 
 3. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.4 
 4. Burleson, Heidelberg4.9 
 5. Holloway, Hannover4.8 
 6. Kepkay, ETB W.4.6 
 7. Pfeifer, Osnabrueck4.5 
 8. Harrelson, Osnab.4.3 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim4.2 
 10. Hodges, Heidelbe.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.6 
 2. Holloway, Hannover2.6 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.3 
 5. Burleson, Heidelberg2.2 
 6. Jeka, Cuxhaven1.9 
 7. Pfeifer, Osnabrueck1.8 
 8. Hodges, Heidelberg1.8 
 9. Slack, Hannover1.7 
 10. Grimaldi, Karlsru.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Hannover
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slack, Hannover2.2 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim1.6 
 3. Schoo, Hannover1.3 
 4. Fuller, Cuxhaven1.3 
 5. Maras, B.Muenchen1.3 
 6. Hill, Jena1.3 
 7. Seward, Bayreuth1.2 
 8. Tarver, Braves1.1 
 9. Buse, Osnabrueck1.0 
 10. Shabazz, Je.1.0 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 16-3 
 2. Goettingen 13-6 
 3. EWE Baskets 13-6 
 4. Bremerhaven 13-7 
 5. Telekom B. 13-7 
 6. Dt.Bank SKY 13-7 
 7. Art.Dragons 11-9 
 8. Brose Baskets 11-9 
 9. Walter Tigers 10-10 
 10. MBC 10-10 
 11. EnBW L'burg 9-10 
 12. NY Phantoms 9-11 
 13. TBB Trier 8-11 
 14. ratiopharm 7-13 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 6-13 
 16. Duesseldorf 6-14 
 17. LTi 46ers 5-15 
 18. Pad.Baskets 4-16 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 15-1 
 2. Cuxhaven 13-3 
 3. Karlsruhe 11-6 
 4. Chemnitz 10-6 
 5. Braves 10-6 
 6. Kirchheim 9-7 
 7. B.Muenchen 9-7 
 8. Hannover 8-9 
 9. Crailsheim 7-9 
 10. Heidelberg 7-9 
 11. Osnabrueck 7-9 
 12. Jena 6-10 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 5-11 
 14. Noerdlingen 5-11 
 15. Freiburg 4-12 
 16. Langen 3-13 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.5 
 3. Oliver, Goettingen16.2 
 4. Burns, ratiopharm15.9 
 5. Copeland, TBB Trier15.1 
 6. Allen, Dt.15.0 
 7. Reese, Dt.14.5 
 8. Jenkins, Walter T.14.5 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 10. Suput, Brose.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.1 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.7 
 3. Johnson, LTi 46ers8.3 
 4. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.4 
 5. Doliboa, Dt.7.1 
 6. Archibong, Duesseld.6.6 
 7. Turek, Phoenix .6.6 
 8. Oliver, Goettingen6.5 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm6.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tige.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Michael JORDAN
  Phoenix Hagen
  (183-G-77)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Jordan, Phoenix .6.7 
 2. Campbell, Bremerha.6.6 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.6.1 
 4. Jordan, Telekom B.5.3 
 5. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.2 
 6. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.2 
 7. Reese, Dt.4.8 
 8. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.9 
 9. Ross, Art.Dragons3.8 
 10. Gamqrelidze, M.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.2.0 
 3. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.7 
 5. Ross, Art.Dragons1.6 
 6. Bernard, MBC1.6 
 7. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.5 
 8. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 9. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.5 
 10. Anderson, Goe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruben BOUMTJE
  EWE Baskets
  (212-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Boumtje, EWE B.1.6 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 3. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.4 
 4. Turek, Phoenix .1.3 
 5. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.2 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm1.2 
 7. Visser, EnBW L.1.1 
 8. Flomo, Telekom B.1.0 
 9. Chaney, EnBW L.0.9 
 10. Barrett, Pad.Ba.0.8 


Jason Bonne (BG Goettingen) Pre Game Thoughts To Duesseldorf Giants Game January 22. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jason Boone is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he had a short stay with Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. Last season, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. This season, he is avergaing 21 minutes per game and is averaging 11,0ppg, 5,6rpg and 1,1bs. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about the upcoming game against The Duesseldorf Giants January 22nd.

BG Goettingen has won four of the last five games and are playing fine basketball.What have been the main reasons for the good play the last weeks?

We've been really playing good 'team basketball' As you know recently we've been dealing with some injuries and there has been a chance for other guys to step up. I think we can still play a lot better but we definitely want to keep this momentum going into, and through, the All-Star break.

Your teammate Michael Meeks was hit with a three game suspension and fine for elbowing Oldenburg player Marco Scekic? Did you see the play? Was it that bad a hit?


It happened pretty quick,, but I was running back behind the play and from what I saw it wasn't a bad hit. I don't even think he actually made contact with the Oldenburg player but my understanding of the fine/suspension was because he was 'facing the player' when the elbow was thrown. They had been going at it for awhile and were kind of provoking each other. For the teams sake I wish the outcome was different.

What adjustements will BG Goettingen have to do without him?

We haven't been 100% lately and this will definitely hurt us, especially since he's been playing so well, but Chris Oliver should be back in the lineup and it'll be a good opportunity for other guys to show what they can do.

The next opponent are The Duesseldorf Giants. They are a talented team, but are near the bottom. What is your impression of the Duesseldorf Giants this season.


Their record doesn't directly reflect how good of a team they are. As I've said before any team in this league can beat any other team if they come ready to play. Dusseldorf has a number of forwards that can cause nightmares for defenders and one of the best pure shooters in the league.

This game will be 72 hours after the Oldenburg game. How does a team conserve their energy the best in a short interval between games?


It's not about conserving any energy, we play every game as hard as we can, but luckily our last two games have been 20+ point wins and the starters haven't had to play as many minutes. That helps a lot when you play so close like this.


Bold
Duesseldorf is known as shooting out the lights from outside more than going inside. Is this an advantage for BG Goettingen just because there is less chnace for any big surprises to come from Duesseldorf.

Our perimeter defense is going to be really important. A team like the Giants that shoot so many 3's can get ahead or fall behind really quick. We definitely would like to use our size advantage inside, but controlling the pace of the game and rebounding are more important than anything.

How much are you looking forward to playing Koko Archibong? He seems to have gotten used to playing more inside. Is his biggest strength creating mismatches?


Any chance you get to play against a high-caliber player like Archibong is going to be fun. I feel like, in the past, he wasn't as comfortable on the post, but as of late he's done a good job scoring over all kinds of opponents down low. It's going to be a battle for position down there but this is definitely one of the challenges that our big guys get excited for.

How do you see the chances for BG Goettingen in the next round of the Eurochallenge with teams from Russia, Holland and Cyprus?


I'm not really familiar with any of the three teams we play in the next round. I've heard that it is a pretty good draw for us, especially with the way we play, but after this Dusseldorf game we can really start to look at the Cyprus team and re-focus on European competition.

Does the South have any chance of winning against the North in the Allstar game? What is your prediction of the game?

I'm partial to my guys up North for sure. I'm not a betting man, but I like the North to get the win. It should be a good game but in the end the South is going to go down. Get it? Down South? John Little told me to say that.

What are you doing during Allstar break?

I'm going to make the trip with Chris Oliver and Taylor Rochestie, they joked that I should be their personal security for the weekend but I've never been a part of anything like this before so I'm excited to take in the all the sights and sounds of the entire event.

Thanks Jason and good luck against The Duesseldorf Giants.
Thanks.



Lucca Staiger Returns To Germany To Play For Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Fans have been watching Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) from a far the last few years as he was playing in the NCAA in the States with Iowa State and then suddenly came the announcement that he will return to Germany to play for 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. Staiger is a 21 year old 196 cm guard who is known for having a potent shot from outside recieved a contract until 2012. Alba sport director Henning Harnisch is very happy that Staiger will be developing his talent further in Berlin. 'We are happy to have won him for our program. Getting him like this wasnt planned since we wanted him to finish his college season and come next season. Now we can have him get into our system without any pressure. This way, he can get used to being in Berlin and get used to our playing system', stressed Henning Harnisch. Staiger was born in Ulm and started his basketball career at the Uhrsprung basketball academy. He played at TSG Ehingen from 2003-2006. He once scored 106 points in a youth game when he was 16 years old. He went to Iowa State in 2007, but was ineligible to play and started his college basketball career in 2008 as he played 32 games averaging 8.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3Pts: 38.5%, FT: 81.8%. This season, he started very solid as he was averaing 9,4ppg, 1,7rpg and 1,8apg. He scored 32 points against Drake Uuiversity including setting a school record with 10 three pointers. He started his German National team career with the U-16 team in 2003 and recently was named to the German National team and played in the European Championships last summer averaging 5,0ppg and 1,2rpg.

Alba Berlin also announced that German Oskar Fassler will leave the team and finish the season with Science City Jena. The 21 year old 198cm guard had played in Berlin since 2004 having started his career with TUS Lichterfelde. He played 14 games in the BEKO BBL in the last years. This season, he was averaging 19,8ppg for Alba Berlin 2 in the Regionaliga. 'Oskar has worked hard and really developed as a player in the last three years. This season, he had stated that he wanted to move to a team where he could play more a central figure in the team. even though we need him in our program, we have decided to grant him his wish to leave. I hope thta he can make the best out of his new situation and possibily through strong play and recommend himself again sometime for his home team Alba Berlin', stated Alba Berlin coach Luka Pavicevic.
Source: www.albaberlin.de



Jamal Shuler (TBB Trier) Taking Part in BEKO BBL Slam Dunk Contest January 23rd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) is a 23 year old 191 cm guard from Jacksonville, North Carolina. He played at Virginia Comonwealth (NCAA) from 2004 to 2008. His best season was hiss enior year as he played 32 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 41.3%, FT: 79.8%. He was CAAC Regular Season Champion in 2007 and 2008 and CAAC Tournament Winner in 2007. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and went to Germany to play for TBB Trier. As a rookie he played 34 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.6%. He scored in double figures 12 times this season and his best game was against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen as he scored 29 points lasts eason. He spoke to about the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar Slam Dunk contest.

TBB Trier is only in 14th place in the BEKO BBL. Many people saw the club as a sure playoff team. What have been the biggest problems with TBB Trier?

Well after 11 games we were 7 and 4 in pretty good shape then some of our key players got hit with the swine flu and missed a few games and it messed with our rhythm as a team sending us on a six game loosing streak, but I am not using that as an excuse we just havent been playing team basketball for 4 quarters and as a result we are in 14th place.

What is the team going have to do in the second half of the season to reach the playoffs.

Just play team basketball and that should help us get back to winning like we did in the early part of the season.

TBB Trier has a good roster, but could it be that the team may be lacking some killer instinct? How can you get this?

I dont think we have a set go to guy like some of the top teams have, dont get me wrong we have a top 5 scorer in Chris Copeland and an aAll Star center with George Evans and a point guard with Derek Raivio who is scoring well again this year but we are just so balanced that on any given night someone can step up for us so I guess that may seem like we dont have a killer instinct but individually we have it we just need to get it as a team.

You are having a pretty solid season averaging 12,8ppg, 5,1rpg and 1,9apg. You are the teams top rebounder. Have you been doing anything special this season to explain your good rebounding?

Rebounding is just something you have to make an effort to do and go after missed shots. I just want to be in the company of the big men in this league when it comes to rebounding because as a guard if you can rebound it makes you very dangerous on both ends.

You just jumped into the dunking contest at the last moment. How happy are you about taking part?

I am happy to be apart of All Star weekend and the dunk contest. I would rather play in the game but i'll work harder next year to get that honour.

Is it more difficult coming in late because you have not had time to practice. How will you try to compensate this?

Its not difficult coming in late, I have a few dunks in mind and I just hope the crowd n the judges like them so we'll see.

Who is your all time favorite dunker?

Dominique Wilkins is my all time favorite dunker, the human highlight reel was his nickname and I loved watching his dunks when I was a little kid.

What is the best dunk that you have ever seen?

Vince Carter jumping over the seven footer in the Olympics. Thats a classic dunk

What kind of dunks will you attempt?

they are all surprise dunks lol.

Is a 720 dunk possible?

Maybe if 'the air up there' from and 1 is in the dunk contest lol from me? no way lol

What was the last DVD that you saw?

The Carter documentary, a DVD about Lil Wayne.

Thanks Jamal for the chat! Have fun dunking in the slam dunk contest!
Thanks.



Derrick Allen (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Takes Part In His Third BEKO BBL Allstar Game January 23rd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and he is now starting his third season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. He has reached three BBL playoffs in five seasons. He spoke to eurobasket prior to The BEKO BBL Allstar game January 23rd.

A tough loss last weekend against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The way The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have won in crunch time the last weeks, this time it wasnt able to. It seemed like Oldenburg turned the pages on Frankfurt by doing what they did best recently and winning in crunch time. How frustrating was this loss?

It was a tough lost too take, because we felt like we were the better team. But we made some big mistakes, and we didnt take the rebounds when needed and they are more experience from last year, so that beat us in the end.

What is your first half summary of the season? What were the biggest positives with the team and what has to get better in the second half of the season?


I think I have played ok, but I didnt play so well of late.. Until last weekend vs. oldenburg... Im going to continue too work on my overall game, defense, rebounding, playing better inside and out.

You are going to take part in your third Allstar Game. What do like most about Allstar Day?

The Allstar day is always fun. Just too hang around with some of the guys from different teams. Get too know guys better, and we will all be on the same day for one game.

The BEKO BBL team is a bit curious this season. The bench is a whos who of BBL top players with much experience that will start watching the game as young bucks like Robin Benzing, Per Gunther and Tim Ohlbrecht start. They are all German players, but are you surprised that they are starting?


Not suprised at all, because the fans have a say so in who's in the starting five and those three guys are on the German National team, but congrats too those three for starting in the Allstar game.

The north team has had the upper hand at winning the games in the last years. What is the south team going to have to do to win this year?



Just play better, and score more points. Its that easy.

You will be reunited with Koko Archibong. What is going to be the first thing you will ask him when you see him?

Yeah, Koko and me are good friends. We talk all the time, and we check up on each other every weekend. I will just ask him, how he is doing?? Because I know he wants his team too play better than they are at the moment.

Has Quantez Robertson been practicing his dunks in practice? How good chances does he has and with what kind of dunk will he win with?

I cant tell you what Tez been doing, the fans just have to wait and see, but I think he has a great chance too win, and that is who I am going with.

Is The Allstar Game an event for you where you might try special things on the court that you wouldnt normally do for the Skyliners? What is something that you would like to do more on the court, but what Murat Didin wouldnt allow you to do?



Nothing really, just going to be DA and play my game. But if I get a chance, I might run a little point guard this weekend.lol

What will be the score between the Colts-Jets and Saints-Vikings?


Colts 35-17 Jets and Saints-Vikings will be a shoot out with the Vikings winning 51-45.

Thnaks Derrick for the chat. Have fun at the Allstar game.


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Batiste is the third victim!! - by Chris Mammides
This is the most unlucky seazon for the triple crowners!! After the serious injury of the Greek international power forward, Kostas Tsartsaris, and the slightest injury of Andrew Nickolas, a third incident took place in Panathinaikos tonight's training, the new injury of Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) could be the reason of a new transfer for the Greek permanent champions and the head coach Obradovic. Batiste, will remain out of courts for at least ten days. There are serious rumors that the American player Marcus Haisslip who's currently remain a free agent from the NBA team, San Antonio Spurs. Within the next 3-4 days the official announcement will take place.

Panathinaikos to face Olympiacos in the Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos to face Olympiacos in the Cup Final as it was expected in the country. Panathinaikos won both games in the Semifinal, while Olympiacos lost the second game to Aris advancing due to the score difference.
Panathinaikos won over Iraklis 80:64 in the first game as they played away from home. In the second game played last night the favorites reached 99:63 to advance to the Finals.
The greens started with an 8-0 run and reached 15-5 later in the period. The favorites increased the lead to 33:9 and had 54:22 midway through the game. Panathinaikos even getting up by 37 points in the end of the game and held off 99:63 victory at the end. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners 14 points and Soso Shermadini (208-F-85) as well as Batiste posted 13 each. Tepic followed them with 11, while Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) poured in 10 points. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 20 points in the losing effort. Lampropoulos nailed 18 and Karapostolou added 8.
Olympiacos overcame Aris BSA 2003 78:64 in the first game but lost the second appearance away from home. Aris won 93:83, however Olympiacos has advanced to the finals because of the victory achieved in the first stick deeper. In Game 2 Aris got 30 points from Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.). Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) paced Olympiacos with 16 points.



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ZZ Leiden signs Power Forward Conor Grace - by Fred Roggen
Power forward Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) has been officially announced as new player of ZZ Leiden. The player and the club have signed a contract for the remain of the season.
With this new adding, ZZ Leiden has strengthened their frontcourt. As a professional the former graduate of Davidson College, played in Italy (Calabria, Serie A), France (Dordogne, Prob), Finland (Karkkila), Sweden (Norrkping) and Greece (Ilysiakos, A2) where he played 30 games: 8.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 71.0% last season.


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Brooks, Soproni22.1 
 3. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.6 
 4. Watson, ZTE K.21.6 
 5. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 6. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 7. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 8. Rice, Szolnok20.2 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep18.5 
 10. Scott, Korme.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.4 
 2. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 5. Scott, Kormend8.3 
 6. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 7. Wilson, ZTE K.7.3 
 8. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 9. Vavra, Salgotarjani7.1 
 10. Nuhanovic, Deb.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kalman, Falco7.4 
 2. Kelley, Szolnok6.1 
 3. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.8 
 5. Thomas, Kormend4.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.8 
 7. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 8. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar4.5 
 10. Brooks, Sopro.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.3 
 2. Kelley, Szolnok3.0 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. English, Atomeromu2.8 
 5. Lee, Albacomp2.7 
 6. Toya, Albacomp2.6 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.6 
 8. Doyne, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 9. Watson, ZTE K.2.6 
 10. LaGrange, Dombov.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.1 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.7 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.5 
 4. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 6. Barro, Szolnok1.1 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 9. Banks, Albacomp0.9 
 10. Walker, Dombov.0.9 


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Ironi Nahariya land Steven Smith - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Nahariya strengthened their roster with addition of Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle). The 26-year-old forward spent the previous season in Greece. Steven Smith averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game for VAP Kolossos. Steven Smith also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Anaheim Arsenal, Solsonica Rieti in Italy and Caja San Fernando Sevilla in Spain. Ironi Nahariya also released DeMarco Johnson (204-F-75, agency: JEMsports, college: Charlotte). Johnson appeared in nine Israeli Premier League games. The forward averaged 8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.


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Varese sends Hristo Zahariev on loan to Bulgarian Chernomorets - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese decided to send young prospect Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) on loan to Bulgarian NBL team Chernomorets Burgas. The 19-year old player joined Cimberio Varese during the summer, but struggled to get minutes. Both sides agreed that loan would be the perfect choice and Chernomorets was the team who was interested in this deal.
Hristo Zahariev is a member of Bulgarian U20 National Team, with whom he participated at the EuroBasket Division B this summer in Skopje. For 7 games in this event Zahariev averaged 13.9 ppg, 3 apg and 2.3 spg. In 2008, he was the top scorer of U18 EuroBasket in Greece with 19.2 ppg. A year before at the same event in Madrid, Zahariev was the second leading scorer of the contest with 23.2 ppg.


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KWC rips Rockhurst for decisive road victory - by Leonard Whyte
Kansas City, MO (10-22-2010): Forward Andree Wilson played 27 solid minutes to lead 10th-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) to a decisive 80-55 road victory over Rockhurst University as KWC improved to 6-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. Wilson was unstoppable inside, finishing with game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds, as KWC won their 18th game of the season. Playing its third game in five days, the winners remained in control throughout the contest and held the conference's leading scorer to 1-of-12 shooting from the field while outrebounding Rockhurst 47-36 and forcing 19 turnovers.

Seton Hall denies Louisville its 1,600th victory - by Leonard Whyte
Newark, NJ (01-22-2009): Seton Hall University held off a late rally from University of Louisville to deny the Cardinals their 1,600th win in school history last night in a Big East Conference showdown. Sophomore center Samardo Samuels was held to nine points and six rebounds as Seton Hall held on to hand Louisville its third loss in a row, the longest such streak since the 2005-06 season. The defeat dropped the once nationally-ranked Cardinals to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the Big East. Things will get no easier as they return home to face University of Cincinnati on Sunday at noon.

Valparaisos defense stifles UIC - by Leonard Whyte
Chicago, IL (01-22-2010): Valparaiso University used solid defense to score a crucial 64-58 road victory over University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in a Horizon League encounter last night. Guard Michael Rogers, formerly of St. Georges College, added 11 points, including a clutch three-pointer in the second half as the winners knocked down vital free throws to win for only the second time ever at UIC. Rogers also grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a buzzer-beater just as the horn sounded for halftime to give his team a 33-26 edge at the break. Valpo (9-11, 4-4 Horizon) connected on 26-of-34 attempts for 76.5 percent, matching a season-high, then held UIC to 39.6 percent shooting from the field and just 28.6 percent from behind the three point line. They will conclude a two-game Chicago swing tomorrow afternoon when they take on University of Loyola-Chicago at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Notre Dame sneaks past Roberts Wesleyan for fourth straight victory - by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (01-22-2010): Center Karim McFarlane swished a momentum-killing 20-footer to stop Roberts Wesleyan College in its tracks after the visitors embarked on an 11-0 run that cut a once hefty Notre Dame College lead to just two points. This, as action continued in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) last night. Notre Dame then went on to seize the game 71-67 for its fourth straight victory. McFarlane finished with 12 points as NDC raised their season record to 14-6 and 6-1 in the AMC. NDC will host Haughton University in another AMC battle tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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Jordan have the Wright stuff - by Mohammed Malas
By Jeff Taylor, FIBA.com

Its little wonder that when Jordan needed a big basket at the FIBA Asia Championship last year, coach Maria Palma made sure the ball ended up in the hands of Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.).

Making plays is what the Philadelphia native has always done, and not just in basketball.

The 28-year-old Wright used to be a quarterback in high school, and during his freshman year in college.

He was such a good athlete that on the gridiron, Wright also played safety.

With a muscular 6ft 4in, 198lb frame last year, Wright scored at will in China and helped his adopted country of Jordan win a bronze medal and qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

He averaged 20.7 points per contest, which made him the leading scorer in the tournament.

Wright can hardly wait for this years big event in Turkey to begin.

Hes anxious to go up against the leading players of Argentina, Serbia, Australia, Germany and Angola in Group A.

'Sure Im excited, he said to FIBA.com.

I'm still stuck on the whole NBA thing and this summer after the World Championship, hopefully I can spark some interest and get to the NBA veterans camp.

What better way to do that than to play against NBA players so yes, I'm looking forward to playing against Manu (Ginobili), and Dirk (Nowitzki) and Chris Kaman, Andres Nocioni and (Fabricio) Oberto and those guys.

That Wright made it to the Middle East is quite a story in itself, and shows that no player really knows whats around the corner.

He had just finished playing a season in Argentina and was back home in America when he was contacted by agent Elie Koury and told of an opportunity in Lebanon with Al Riyadi.

I never thought about it (playing in the Middle East), he said.

I had a different outlook when I got out of college, but getting to the Middle East was a last-minute thing for me.

I was at home and got an email from someone asking me if I'd like to play in Lebanon and I wasn't sure about it but ended up going. And by going to Lebanon, I went with my team (Al Riyadi) there to play at the Dubai International Tournament and that led to me getting a passport (for Jordan).

At the time, (Jordan coach Mario) Palma was coaching the team Fast Lanes, which is Zain now, and we played against them and my performance against them helped me get a chance to get citizenship of Jordan.

Wright now plays for Zain and was this week back at the Dubai International Tournament.

The competition at the FIBA World Championship is going to be a lot tougher than Dubai, and at last years FIBA Asia Championship.

And Wright knows it.

'We've got Australia, number one ranked Argentina, Serbia, seventh-ranked Germany - it's going to be tough, Wright said.

Anyway, our goal is to reach the second round.

Jordans qualification

For a while last summer, it didnt look good for Jordan reaching this years FIBA World Championship.

They suffered a two-point defeat to Iran in their Semi-Final and had to regroup.

'At that time, we thought it was over because that same day, China was playing Lebanon and we thought Lebanon was going to win that game, Wright said.

So we were thinking we may have to play China and wouldn't have a chance to beat them because we don't match up well with them.

We played them earlier and only lost by five but they dominated us on the inside. We thought, 'If Lebanon win against China and they're at home, then we're stuck.'

China found a way to beat Lebanon and so we ended up playing Lebanon and we knew we had a shot. China would have just been a tougher match-up for us, although we would have had a shot to beat them, too.

Jordan were in ecstasy when they claimed the bronze while Lebanon were in agony after failing to make it to Turkey.

But last month in Istanbul, everything changed for Lebanon.

They received one of the four wild cards to play at the FIBA World Championship along with Germany, Lithuania and Russia.

Wright, having played in Lebanon, was happy about the decision.

'Yes, because I had a relationship with Lebanon, the people there, because I played there for two seasons with Al Riyadi. I was happy to see that they were going back (to the FIBA World Championship).

They deserved the wild card. Basketball is huge in that country. Everyone there loves basketball.

Much of the success of Jordan is down to Palma, a former coach of Angola who led them to many titles in the FIBA Africa Championship.

Mario Palma is a great guy, Wright said.

He has a scheme in which he doesn't change what he does. He says he has been coaching for 'X' amount of years.

He teaches well. I've learned a lot playing under Coach Palma. He helped my game a lot. Outside of which, he's a great guy. He takes time so we can understand each other. He now knows how I play, and I understand how he coaches. He knew how to put it all together and we've been successful.

So what does Jordan do now to be successful? How are they going to win some games in Turkey?

We don't really do too much out of our coach's scheme, Wright said.

We do what we're told. Next year, we probably need to get stronger, put more muscle on the players because the Europeans play a lot more physical than the Middle Easterners do.

Lifting weights is not something Wright will need to do, he says.

The body came natural after I quit playing American football, he said. I used to lift a lot when I played football and it (the body) just stayed that way. It's not like I lost any (weight and muscle), or gained more. It just stayed the same.

Its been quite a ride for Wright, who left Philadelphia to play junior college ball at Gloucester County College in New Jersey a decade ago and then enrolled at the University of Washington DC.

Hes played in South America and in the Middle East.

Next up is Turkey and its a big moment for him, and everyone in Jordan.

Once I got back (to Jordan) for the first time, I had so many people come up to me and say thank you, you promised us you would make it happen and you did, Wright said.

People in Jordan are very pleased to see us make us history.

No sport from Jordan had ever made it to a top event in the world so it was an emotional moment for the country.
I've even met people who have bought tickets for the tournament.


Zain Pulls over @ Quarter Final Station : 21st Dubai int'l Tournament - by Omar Shafaamri

For the 1st time in his Participation in Dubai int'l Tournament , Zain Club Leaves the Tournament From the Quarter Finals after losing against 'again' against Mahram 66-70 in Dubai Yesterday .


Zain 66 * 70 Mahram
(16-13 , 16-16 , 17-25 , 17-16)

Mahram Started the Game with an 8-2 Run but the Injuried Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 8 points which made Zain Leading in at the End of the 1st Quarter 16-13

Zain Continued his Lead in the 2nd Quarter 33-29 in one of the Most Defensive Game in the Tournament .

Mahram Made a Good Comeback in the 3rd Quarter with the Help of the imports Loren Woods (213-C-78, college: Arizona) , Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) and the Local Mehdi Kamrani finishing the 3rd Quarter Leading 54-49.

The 4th Quarter was another Game , Sam Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) and Rasheim Wright Tied the Game Again 63-63 while Jackson Vroman From Mahram Left the Game after his 5th Foul , Rasheim Hits the three making the Score 66-65 for Zain , but Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) Shines as usual in thee Critical Moments and Scores easily in Zain's Basket making the Score 67-66 for Mahram then scored two free throws after Damian Cantrell (200-F-76, college: USF) Failure on the Arc 40 seconds before the End , Maz Trakh calls for a Time-out but with No Clear Plan on the Court which causes a turn over on Zain 20 seconds bfore the End which was 70-66 for Mahram .

Rasheim Wright Was the Best Scorer in the Game with 24 points while Loren Woods was the Best in Mahram with 23 points and Great overall performance .


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 11-1 
 2. Kazma 11-1 
 3. Al Jahraa 9-2 
 4. Al Qadsia 9-2 
 5. Al Sahel 9-2 
 6. Al Arabi 7-5 
 7. An Nasr 6-5 
 8. Al Yarmook 3-9 
 9. Sulaibikhat 3-10 
 10. Al Tadhamon 2-10 
 11. Al Shabab 1-11 
 12. Al Salmiyah 0-13 


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  LEBANON   


Seattle Mountaineers sends another player Overseas - by Richard
The Seattle Mountaineers overseas pipeline continues, Jamaal Miller (6'2''-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC), standout point guard, 17points, 8 assists and 3 steals a game, has signed with team Antranik Beirut in Lebanon. Miller will be the 4th Seattle Mountaineers to receive an overseas contract off of this seasons ABA team.
Miller (Lebanon) will join, Tyler Amaya and Kyle Dalvit (New Zealand, Otago Nuggets) and Matt Smith, (England, Coventry Crusaders). The Seattle Mountaineers program has gained a reputation overseas, as the place to come, to get high character players that are also very good basketball players, stated, Coach Sims.
source: www.seattle-mountaineers.org


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  LIBYA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Shabab 6-2 
 2. Ahli Benghazi 6-2 
 3. Hilal 5-3 
 4. Nasr 5-3 
 5. Ittihad 5-3 
 6. Ahli Tripoli 3-5 
 7. Madina 1-7 
 8. Wahda 1-7 


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 12-1 
 2. Siauliai 12-2 
 3. Zalgiris 11-0 
 4. Juventus 8-6 
 5. Neptunas 7-7 
 6. Techasas 7-8 
 7. Suduva 6-7 
 8. Rudupis 5-8 
 9. Alytus Alita 5-9 
 10. Perlas 4-9 
 11. Sakalai 3-9 
 12. Aisciai 3-9 
 13. Nevezis 2-10 


LKL Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aisciai - Neptunas 80-77
Aisciai narrowly defeated Neptunas behind 34 points, 6 steals, 4 boards and 4 assists from Marius Valukonis (198-F-88). Vytebis Lipkevicius added 18 points in the winning effort. Robertas Bitinas responded with 20 points and 6 boards for Neptunas.

Siauliai - Juventus 84-74
Siauliai posted the 12th win in the season as they held off Juventus. Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) scored 21 points to lead the hosts. Mindaugas Zukauskas and Derrick Low contributed 15 points apiece for Siauliai. Darius Pakamanis replied with 19 points for Juventus.

Techasas - Nevezis 94-89
Laimonas Lukosevicius (197-G/F-86) scored 25 points, distributed 8 assists and grabbed 5 boards to lead Techasas past Nevezis. Ernestas Ezerskis added 20 points and 7 assists in the seventh win for Techasas. Egidijus Dimsa answered with 24 points for Nevezis as they slipped at 2-10 record.

Lietuvos Rytas - Techasas 100-66
Lietuvos Rytas breezed past Techasas as Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards. Jonas Valanciunas top-scored with 18 points for the defending champions. Laimonas Lukosevicius answered with 18 points for Techasas.

Alytus Alita - Siauliai 75-84
Siauliai prevailed against Alytus on the road. Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the visitors. Derrick Low contributed 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Siauliai. Andrius Aleksandrovas replied with 19 points and 5 boards for Alytus. Paulius Kleiza had 17 points in defeat.



Marius Prekevicius returns to Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) made the decision to join Siauliai. The 25-year-old guard played for Siauliai in 2006/07 and 07/08 seasons. Marius Prekevicius moved to Ukraine in March of 2009. The guard joined the Ukrainian champions Azovmash. Prekevicius tallied 9.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 boards in this season in Superleague. In the VTB-League he tallied 10.7 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 boards per appearance. Prekevicius also had stints with Anwil and Lietuvos Rytas.


Techasas bring in Aidas Viskontas - by Eurobasket News
Techasas recruited Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86). The 23-year-old guard spent the previous season in Nevezis. He tallied 12.2 points, 3.3 boards and 6.3 assists per game in the LKL. In Baltic League his stats were also solid as the guard notched 9.8 points, 4.3 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.6 steals per appearance. It was his second season in Nevezis. Earlier Aidas Viskontas played in Zalgiris junior team, Nafta/Laivite Klaipeda, Sakalai and Neptunas. Aidas Viskontas is expected to debut for Techasas against his former team Nevezis tonight.


Zalgiris edge Khimky in VTB United League consolation final - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Khimky 78:72

Zalgiris clinched the third spot in the VTB United League inaugural season. The Kaunas team held off Khimky in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.), Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) ensured a perfect start for the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris grabbed a 7:0 lead and maintained it well throughout the opening frame. Marcus Brown and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) capped the first quarter with five points in a row as Zalgiris enjoyed a 24:12 lead into the second quarter. Aleksandar Capin fired quick five points at the start of the second frame as Zalgiris secured a 15-point advantage. However Khimky reacted with 16:2 run to cut the deficit to a single point. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) soon drew things level before Dainius Salenga fired from downtown to give Zalgiris a 38:35 advantage at halftime. Raul Lopez and Mozgov helped Khimky surge in front 44:38 in the third term. But Zalgiris managed to eke out a 54:53 advantage with one quarter to go. Salenga and Martynas Pocius boosted the margin at 7-point mark with just over three minutes remaining. Martynas Pocius then followed with a three-pointer as the gap grew to 10 points. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) and Vitaly Fridzon cut the margin at 5 points but it was as close as Khimky could get. Zalgiris stayed calm and celebrated the victory at the end.
Martynas Pocius finished with 26 points to lead Zalgiris. Marcus Brown added 15 points for the winning team. Keith Langford answered with 20 points for Khimky. Vitaly Fridzon tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Martynas Pocius 26, Marcus Brown 15, Dainius Salenga 12
Khimky: Keith Langford 20, Vitaly Fridzon 13



Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Sirutavicius, Techa.20.8 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.18.8 
 4. Ruikis, Suduva18.0 
 5. Griskenas, Techasas17.6 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai16.5 
 7. Gailius, Siauliai15.9 
 8. Bjelica, Lietuvos.15.8 
 9. Leonavicius, Sakalai15.6 
 10. Kelys, Perl.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis7.8 
 3. Vilkius, Neptunas7.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 6. Morkeliunas, Juven.7.2 
 7. Valukonis, Aisciai6.9 
 8. Watson, Zalgiris6.9 
 9. Griskenas, Techasas6.6 
 10. Adomaitis, Alytus.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Broadus, Suduva6.6 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.1 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.5.4 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.9 
 6. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 8. Ivanauskas, Alytus A.4.3 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
 10. Jomantas, Liet.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.3.0 
 2. Ginevicius, Lietuv.2.8 
 3. Salenga, Zalgiris2.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 5. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 6. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.2 
 7. Valukonis, Aisciai2.1 
 8. Kelys, Perlas2.1 
 9. Babrauskas, Lietuv.2.0 
 10. Low, Siauli.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.4 
 4. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.4 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai1.3 
 6. Zyle, Aisciai1.3 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Dimsa, Nevezis1.1 
 9. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.1 
 10. Grinius, Nevez.1.0 


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  MALTA   


Siggiewi just manage to hold off Luxol's bold fightback - by Eurobasket News
BUPA Luxol 62
Siggiewi Kent Boringer 64
(15-19, 10-17, 15-21, 22-7)


As was the case in their match against Depiro, Siggiewi held on to victory by the skin of their teeth after almost surrendering a 17-point lead in the final quarter.

Luxol, who were without pivot Andrew Cremona, had possession and could have forced extra-time but Alan Borg (196-G/F-80) incredibly missed an easy chance with four seconds left.

Luxol had been the first team to settle down and sunk the opening two baskets.

Siggiewi, who were hampered by the absence of playmaker Karl Borg and Marco Matijevic, both injured, improved and finished the first quarter strongly to move four points ahead, 19-15.

With Luxol being somewhat erratic in their play, Siggiewi took advantage and potted nine consecutive points in the early minutes of the second session to extend their lead to 28-17.

John Tabone, the Luxol coach, called a time-out and this left the desired effect on his team who came through a difficult spell to share the exchanges until half-time.

Nevertheless, Siggiewi changed ends 36-25 ahead and had the edge after opening what looked like a handsome 57-40 lead before the last 10 minutes got underway.

But, Luxol looked more determined as the final quarter began.

Encouraged by Siggiewi's drop in concentration, Tabone's men gained in confidence to narrow the gap significantly. In fact, Siggiewi took six minutes to score their first points of the final session.

The last minutes were nailbiting. Siggiewi still looked strong to preserve their slender lead but a couple of mistakes allowed Luxol to have the last attempt. However, to the relief of Siggiewi, Borg squandered the chance to level matters for his team.

Luxol: A. Micallef Trigona, Marco Mercieca (184-G-83) 8, R. Azzopardi 7, A. Spiteri 2, A. Borg 11, A. Portelli, N. Vasovic, T. Paris, D. Schembri 11, J.P. Bonnici 2, S. Schembri 21.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 11, J.P. Antoncich, L. Camilleri 5, E. Xuereb, A. Tabone 8, A. Micallef 14, L. Ross 9, A. Costa 3, J. Jetsen 14.

Referees: E. Mangani, J.P. Sammut, S. Micallef.

Standings: Siggiewi 12 (5-2); Athleta 11 (5-1); Luxol 9 (3-3); Depiro 7 (2-3); Loyola 6 (0-6).

Top scorers: Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) (Athleta) 113; D. Schembri (Luxol) 112; O. Said (Athleta) 102.

League: Tomorrow 18.15 Siggiewi vs Depiro; 19.45 Loyola vs Athleta.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


Athleta Compleet take sole leadership - by Eurobasket News
Siggiewi Kent Boringer 47
Athleta Compleet IS 61
(4-24, 9-17, 10-12, 24-8)


Athleta are sole leaders of the National League after easily disposing of Siggiewi Kent Boringer's feeble challenge.

Those who braved the cold weather to watch this match expected a better fare from the top two teams in the championship.

However, while Athleta showed grit and determination, Siggiewi, without pivot Marco Matijevic, lacked ideas and were never in the match.

Though Athleta had strong rebounder Addison Bonnici missing, this did not affect their play as Omar Said (177-G-80) and Michael Naudi were in a class of their own.

The first basket was potted by Siggiewi but from then on it was all Athleta. They were turning the ball easily, finding gaps in a standstill Siggiewi defence.

After leading 24-4 by the end of the first quarter, Athleta continued to dictate matters as Siggiewi's reaction never materialised and the teams changed ends 41-13 for Athleta.

Joe Galea's team slowed down the tempo after the interval and it was only in the last quarter that Siggiewi woke up to make the score look more respectable.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 8, J.P. Antoncich, L. Camilleri, Alex Tabone 16, K. Borg 1, A. Micallef 2, L. Ross 11, A. Costa 3, J. Jetsen 6, E. Baldacchino.

Athleta: M. Naudi 16, C. Doughty 4, E. Bezzina 4, M. Giusti, C. Galea, Omar Said 26, C. Calleja 2, J. Zammit, S. Cassar 9.

Referees: G. Barbara, J.P. Sammut, A. Carbonaro.

Loyola St James 61
BUPA Luxol 76
(10-18, 19-14, 15-20, 17-24)


Luxol struggled to fend off the bold challenge of bottom-placed Loyola who were found wanting in stamina in the latter stages of the match.

Loyola sorely felt the absence of shooter David Camilleri and pivot Jonathan Ransley.

Luxol settled down first and led 15-3 by the fifth minute but Loyola, after a time-out, improved and the champions lost their pace. At half-time, it was only a three-pointer by Dirk Schembri (32-29) that separated both sides.

Loyola levelled the scores at 37-all but Luxol suddenly found their shooting touch to start the last ten minutes 52-44 ahead. Loyola withered under the pressure as Luxol continued to pot the points to avoid an embarrassing situation.

Loyola: S. Pace 4, B. Zammit 2, S. Borg, G. Cuschieri, N. Sultana 16, S. Vella, A. Axiaq 2, G. Mihajlovic 19, K. Baldacchino 18, M. Cini.

Luxol: M. Mercieca 5, Robert Azzopardi 18, A. Spiteri 2, A. Borg 7, A. Portelli, N. Vasovic, T. Paris 2, D. Schembri 21, A. Cremona, J.P. Bonnici 3, S. Schembri 18.

Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, A. Micallef.

Standings: Athleta 11 (5-1); Siggiewi 10 (4-2); Luxol 8 (3-2); Depiro 7 (2-3); Loyola 6 (0-6).

Top scorers: M. Naudi (Athleta) 113, Omar Said (Athleta) 102, D. Schembri (Luxol) 101.

Next fixtures: National League - Sunday, 16.15 Siggiewi vs Luxol.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 5-1 
 2. Siggiewi 5-2 
 3. Luxol 3-3 
 4. Depiro 2-3 
 5. Loyola 0-6 


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Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros25.4 
 2. Monroe, Potros24.8 
 3. Moore, Abejas24.7 
 4. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 5. Habel, Cosmos21.9 
 6. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 7. Bowie, Indios21.7 
 8. Hickerson, Pioneros21.6 
 9. Mills, Indios21.6 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mattis MCHUGH
  Abejas
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. McHugh, Abejas11.8 
 2. Long, Indios11.1 
 3. Jackson, Angeles10.6 
 4. Allen, Pioneros10.6 
 5. Berghoefer, Potros10.0 
 6. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 7. Mills, Indios9.4 
 8. Moss, Lechugueros9.4 
 9. Garcia, Pioneros9.2 
 10. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Funn, Bucaneros6.4 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.7 
 3. Brown, Fuerza R.5.3 
 4. Malpica, Cosmos5.1 
 5. Stokes, Barreteros5.0 
 6. lee, Indios4.4 
 7. Roque, Toros4.3 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.2 
 9. Hollyfield, Barre.4.1 
 10. Centeno, Angel.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.1 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.5 
 3. Lewis, Soles2.4 
 4. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 5. Hollyfield, Barre.2.3 
 6. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.2 
 7. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 8. Malpica, Cosmos2.1 
 9. Hornsby, Huracanes2.0 
 10. Monroe, Potr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. lee, Indios0.9 
 4. Arceneaux, Lechugue.0.9 
 5. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 6. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 7. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 8. McCullough, Libert.0.8 
 9. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 10. Thomas, Cosm.0.8 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Partizan adds Stevan Milosevic to 1-month deal - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade signed 1-month contract with Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). The Serbian powerhouse faced with injury of its best player, Aleks Maric, and decided to reinforce its roster for the following 30 days.
Stevan Milosevic started last season with Crvena Zvezda averaging 1.5 ppg in 8 Adriatic league games. In January 2009 he joined Koeln 99ers. For 17 games in 1.Bundesliga Milosevic collected 9.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. He is a product of Montenegrin squad Buducnost Podgorica. Milosevic also has experience from Austria as a member of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions.


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  MOROCCO   


Morocco Basketball Throne Cup 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Eight teams advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Morocco Basketball Throne Cup 2009/2010. Recently the was end of the Eight-Finals of the country.
Maghreb Fez overcame Renaissance Sportive de Berkane 94:55 and will meet Amal Essaouira that cruised past KAC 64:54. Ittihad Tanger rolled over Wydad Casablanca 79:65 to face FUS Rabat that beat FAR Forces Arme Royales 75:45. AS Sale outscored USF UNION SPORTIVE DE FES 71:64 to face Raja Casablanca that edged Tihad Casablanca 69:65. Chabab Rif Al Hoceima overcame MAISON D'ENFANTS de TANTAN 80:55 to play with Sport Plazza Casa as rolled over Ithri Rif Nador 74:59.


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  NAIA   


Mobile holds off Gold Rush, wins 59-53 - by Richard
Robert Golston had 13 points and eight rebounds Thursday to help Mobile (AL) hold off Xavier (LA) 59-53 in a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball game.
The Rams (9-5 overall, 2-3 GCAC) won their second in a row and handed the Gold Rush (10-7, 1-4) its fifth loss in six games.
Ji Kimbrough scored 12 points and Donte Walker 10 for Mobile (AL).
Cordell Hadnot and Michael Harvey scored 14 points apiece for Xavier.
Mobile (AL) led 30-29 at halftime and went ahead to stay 34-33 on Matthew Turner's basket with 18:12 remaining. The Rams built their lead to 45-36 before Xavier rallied in the final 10 minutes.
But Mobile (AL) survived when Xavier's Ryan Derousselle (6'1''-G) was called for an offensive foul at 1:35 and the Rams leading 53-51. Mobile (AL) answered with a 6-0 run which Golston capped with two free throws with six seconds remaining.
Xavier outshot Mobile (AL) 49 to 40 percent from the floor, but the Rams outscored the Rush 15-0 from 3-point range and 24-19 in free throws. Harvey, who made a career-best four 3-pointers in each of the past two games, was 0-of-4 from behind the arc, and the Rush finished 0-of-8.
Xavier missed 14 free throws, eight more than the Rams.
There were five lead changes and five ties in the first half, but Xavier never had more than a two-point lead.
Xavier's next game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday against William Carey at The Barn. It will be the first of three GCAC home games in six days for the Rush
source: Xavier (LA)


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  NBA   


Grizzlies eye Ronnie Brewer - by Eurobasket News
As first reported by the Commercial Appeal, FOX13 Sports has confirmed that the Memphis Grizzlies are looking at the possibility of acquiring former Arkansas star Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) from the Utah Jazz.

The Grizzlies have made it pretty clear that they need to address their bench depth, and although Brewer has been a starter throughout his young career with the Jazz, he would be a great candidate for the Grizzlies 6th man. Brewer is currently in his 4th season in the NBA, and will become a restricted free agent this summer.

Reportedly the Grizzlies are dangling a 2010 1st round draft pick and perhaps a 2011 selection. Currently Memphis has three 1st round selections and it's likely they want to deal off at least one, if not two, picks. Grizzlies officials have indicated that they are unwilling to part ways with 'their' 1st round selection. The other two 1st round picks were acquired in trades with the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

Brewer is averaging 9.9. points per game while playing nearly 33 minutes. Those numbers are down nearly 4 points from last season. The versatile, athletic shooting guard is also averaging 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest.

Brewer is making 2.7 million dollars this season and the Jazz would save that much in luxury-tax fees because they are currently over the allowed threshold.


Courtesy of www.myfoxmemphis.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Anthony, Denver N.29.7 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.7 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers28.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.26.7 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.3 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.1 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.23.5 
 10. Roy, Portland23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.0 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.4 
 3. Love, Minnesota T.12.2 
 4. Camby, LA Clippers11.8 
 5. Lee, New York K.11.4 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 7. Wallace, Charlotte B.11.1 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.11.1 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.9 
 10. Haywood, Washin.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. Davis, LA Clippers8.1 
 7. James, Clevelan.7.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.4 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Duhon, New York.6.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.2 
 4. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Brewer, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Jackson, Charlott.1.8 
 9. Bryant, LA Lakers1.8 
 10. Curry, Golde.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 4. Dalembert, Philad.2.2 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.2.1 
 6. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Perkins, Boston C.2.1 
 8. Lopez, New J.2.0 
 9. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 10. Andersen, Denver.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 28-13 
 2. Toronto R. 22-22 
 3. New York K. 17-25 
 4. Philadelph.76 14-28 
 5. New Jersey N. 3-38 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 33-11 
 2. Chicago B. 18-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 17-24 
 4. Detroit P. 15-27 
 5. Indiana P. 15-28 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 28-14 
 2. Orlando M. 28-15 
 3. Miami Heat 22-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 21-20 
 5. Washington W. 14-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 28-14 
 2. Portland TB 26-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 24-18 
 4. Oklah.City T. 24-19 
 5. Minnesota T. 9-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 33-11 
 2. Phoenix Suns 25-18 
 3. LA Clippers 19-23 
 4. Sacramento K. 15-27 
 5. Golde State W. 12-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 28-15 
 2. San Antonio S. 26-17 
 3. Houston R. 24-18 
 4. N.Orleans H. 23-19 
 5. Memphis G. 23-19 


Thursday: LeBron James too strong for Lakers, Nuggets beat Clippers - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Denver N. 85-105
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse), selected as a starter for the All-Star game in fan balloting announced earlier Thursday, had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, whose winning streak matched a season high. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored 20 and Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) added 13 pts, plus 14 rebounds in this victory. In the loosing squad, Craig Smith (6'7''-F-83, college: Boston Coll.) delivered 21 points (6 rebs).

LA Lakers - Cleveland C. 87-93
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 37 points, including 12 straight down the stretch, and the Cavs, playing their first game without injured Mo Williams, beat Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and the Lakers 93-87 on Thursday night. James also grabbed 5 rebounds and handed out 9 assists in this game. Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) nailed 13 points. In LA Lakers, Bryant had 31 pts.


Knicks' Nate Robinson wants trade to Celtics? - by Eurobasket News
Nate Robinson's (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) career in New York has largely become an afterthought.

The 24-year-old guard has been riding the bench for nine games since falling out of favor with head coach Mike D'Antoni, right after he was seen fraternizing with Magic center Dwight Howard before a loss to the Magic. It doesn't appear Robinson has any hope of getting out of D'Antoni's doghouse -- even afer Howard tried to come to his defense -- and now, he wants out of New York.

According to Boston.com, Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, told the New York Times, 'I want to do what I can to get Nate out of New York. There's no reason to allow this kid's career to get rotted by what's going on here in New York.'

In 74 games last season, Robinson averaged 17.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game. This season, he has played in just 12 games and has tallied 10.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game. He could wait out the rest of the season in the hopes that he may see minimal action at some point, but Goodwin doesn't want that. He wants his client out of New York now -- and one possible destination for him could be Boston.

According to ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan, 'There's one place the former slam-dunk champion would truly like to land if a trade can be worked out: Boston. ... The thinking [is] that he can provide the instant offensive boost ... that he once provided for the Knicks.'

The Celtics certainly aren't skimping on offense right now -- they're not really skimping on anything, actually, not even quality bench players -- but it's still an interesting development.


Courtesy of www.nesn.com


Cavaliers guard Mo Williams out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury - by Eurobasket News
First, the Cavaliers got bad news, then they got some good news in regard to the now troubled left shoulder of guard Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama).

The bad news was that Williams will be out four to six weeks with a left shoulder sprain suffered Tuesday when he reached for a steal against the Toronto Raptors.

The better news -- it could have been much worse. An MRI scan at the Cleveland Clinic showed it was a minor tear and not a more serious separation or dislocation.

Had Williams needed surgery, which seemed like a possibility after his arm whipped backward in the third quarter in the win over the Raptors, it might have ended his regular season. Now, the Cavs hope he'll be back next month. Team doctors will examine him in two weeks, when they will have a better idea of how long he'll be out.

Williams had played 124 of a possible 125 games since being acquired in August 2008. He was an All-Star last season and was putting up similar numbers this season, averaging 16.9 points and 5.1 assists.

'The last two years, a lot of the success we had as a team was because Mo was our point guard,' LeBron James said. 'To lose an All-Star point guard hurts, it hurts a lot. Guys got to step up, they have no choice but to step up.'

For now, that will be Delonte West, who made his first start of the season against the Lakers on Thursday night. The Cavs will consider adding another point guard, according to sources. They have a roster spot available, and in the next few days they might examine free agents and players in the NBA Development League.

Earlier this season, the Cavs worked out several point guards when West was struggling with legal and emotional problems. They looked at veteran Antonio Daniels and Mike Taylor, a young point guard who has played with the Clippers and Grizzlies.

Also, three guards who recently have been released might get some interest. Veterans Jason Hart and Mike Wilks, who played for the Cavs in 2005-06, were recently released by the Suns and Thunder, respectively.

The Cavs also could bring back Coby Karl, who they released earlier this month, on a 10-day contract. Karl has played well since going to the D-League, averaging 28.3 points with the Idaho Stampede.

The biggest favorite to be called up from the D-League might be former Utah Jazz draft pick Morris Almond, who leads the D-League in scoring and is in the top five in assists. Like Karl, he's not a pure point guard.

Regardless of that decision, Daniel Gibson will be returning to the rotation after not seeing much action over the last month. Gibson is shooting a career-high 46 percent from the field and 48 percent from beyond the 3-point line, but he lost playing time when West became established.

'That's why the team has been constructed the way it has,' Gibson said. 'We have a lot of weapons and guys that can play. It's an opportunity for me.'


Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


NBA announces All-Star starters - by Eurobasket News
Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) was voted to start in the All-Star Game Thursday, while Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) and Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) made late moves to claim starting spots for the Western Conference.

Nash passed the inactive Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) as the second guard, while Duncan disappointed Dallas fans hoping to see Dirk Nowitzki start by rallying past the Mavericks forward.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) was the leading vote-getter for the Feb. 14 game at Cowboys Stadium, becoming the first player to earn at least 2.5 million votes three times. He will make his sixth All-Star appearance, all as a starter.

'The fans still love and see what I do every night and they appreciate it, and I appreciate them for electing me as an All-Star starter,' James said before the Cavaliers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers. 'It's still special.'

Joining James and Iverson as East starters were Miami guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Orlando center Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) and Boston forward Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency).

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was picked in the West along with Phoenix center Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) and Denver forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

Starters were decided by fan balloting at NBA arenas and electronically. The reserves will be chosen by votes by the head coaches in each conference and will be announced next Thursday.

The fans still love Iverson, even though he's played only 19 games during the worst season of his career. He appeared on the West ballot since he began the season in Memphis, but he and the Grizzlies parted ways following only three games.

Iverson's votes counted in the East since he rejoined the Philadelphia 76ers, his longtime team. He is averaging only 14.8 points with the 76ers, but will get a shot at earning a third All-Star Game MVP award if he chooses to play.

Bothered by a sore knee, Iverson previously said he would consider his health before deciding whether to play in the All-Star Game for the 10th time. He's been an All-Star for 11 straight seasons, but missed the 2007 game because of injury.

'I just want to thank everybody for their support this season and it's an honor that the fans have voted me into the All-Star Game as a starter,' Iverson said in a statement. 'The fans are who make us and make the NBA so popular. This year is even more special because I'll be representing a city and fans that I love and a team that has been such a big part of my life throughout my career.'

A McGrady election would have been a bigger embarrassment for the NBA, since he has played sparingly in only six games for the Houston Rockets. The team gave him permission to leave the team and work out on his own while trying to find a trade, yet McGrady still was second among West guards when the most recent update was released on Jan. 7.

That sparked some criticisms of the voting process, but Nash and New Orleans' Chris Paul both moved ahead of McGrady in the final days of voting.

Duncan's late surge gives him a 12th All-Star appearance. Bryant, who claimed his third All-Star Game MVP last year when he shared it with Shaquille O'Neal in Phoenix, also will be appearing for the 12th time.

Garnett's selection was his 13th, trailing only O'Neal (15) among active players.

The NBA expects more than 80,000 fans, which would be the largest crowd ever to witness a live basketball game.

It's a return to Dallas for Nash, who spent six seasons with the Mavericks before signing with the Suns in 2004. He and Stoudemire give Phoenix two starters in an All-Star Game for only the second time, joining Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle in 1995.



Eastern Conference
Kevin Garnett will make his 13th All-Star Game appearance in Dallas on Feb. 14, the most of any East starter in the 2010 contest.

Position Player Games
Guard Allen Iverson 11th
Guard Dwyane Wade 6th
Forward LeBron James 6th
Forward Kevin Garnett 13th
Center Dwight Howard 4th



Western Conference
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan will make their 12th All-Star Game appearances for the West.

Position Player Games
Guard Steve Nash 7th
Guard Kobe Bryant 12th
Forward Carmelo Anthony 3rd
Forward Tim Duncan 12th
Center Amare Stoudemire 5th


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/allstar2010/news/story?id=4846991)


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Penney and the Breakers surge past Adelaide - by Mike Lacey
The NZ Breakers powered by 49 points from Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and outstanding final quarter defence from Paul Henare, Rick Rickert and Dillon Boucher eventually prevailed over the Adelaide 36ers 103-89.
Adelaide made the quicker start taking a 7-0 lead but by quarter time the margin was just a single point in favour of Adelaide, 22-21.
Midway through the second stanza Adelaide led 40-39 with centre Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) 10 first half points, but led by CJ Bruton and Penney the Breakers went on a 16-0 run to lead at the main break 55-40.
The Sixers came out all energy in the third quarter knowing that the Breakers had given up handsome leads in their last four home games. Darren Ng (16 points, 4-6 threes) was outstanding as they reeled in the home side with a 16-2 run and trailed by just 4 points at three quarter time, 68-72.
Ng hit another triple early in the fourth period and when Burston hit a pair of free throws incredibly Adelaide were ahead 78-77.with 7:48 remaining. A minute later it was 82-82 thanks to a Nathan Herbert put back and the home crowd were chewing their finger nails. Coach Andrej Lemanis called a time out for the home team and whatever was said did the trick.
Bruton banged in a triple and the Breakers defensive intensity lifted to such an extent that Adelaide failed to score until the last 90 seconds of the contest. The last 5 minutes became the KIRK PENNEY show. With 3:35 remaining he hit a pair of freebies to ease past his previous game high of 41 points and entering the final minute he needed a triple to equal the club record of 50 points in a single game (Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) v Melbourne Tigers 17.12.2006) He could only manage a lay up but would have been immensely satisfied with his haul as earlier in the game he had moved beyond Aaron Olson (1800 points) as the Breakers all time leading scorer.
Promoted to starter PAUL HENARE had an outstanding game contributing 4 points, 2 steals, 5 assists, to extend his club record to 800 and 2 rebound to become just the 3rd Breaker to pull down 450 defensive boards.
DILLON BOUCHER ignited the Breakers defensive effort and filled every line on the stats sheet, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a pair of blocks, becoming just the third Breaker to record 50 blocked shots.



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  NIGERIA   


Private schools basketball championship dunk-off in Ibadan - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 5th edition of the Private Secondary Schools Basketball Championship for high schools in Ibadan and its environs has commenced.

In a statement signed by Arebun Peter on behalf of the Zonal Coordinator of the National Sports Commission, NSC Peter Nelson, the annual tourney, which is it fifth edition is being staged to shore up the interest of students within Oyo State in the game of basketball, and thereby raising a new breed of players who would represent the state in future competitions.

Players from the tourney would be selected from the state finals and this set of players would be groomed to take over from the ageing ones.

The participating schools for this years edition of the championship include Lead City High School, Marrela International College, Addin International College, Concord School, International School, U. I. and Nickdel College among others.

The preliminary matches will be played on two-leg basis, while the semi-finals and finals will take place at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.

The zonal coordinator is optimistic that this years edition of the competition will be the best ever organized, adding that trophies and prizes would be awarded to top placed schools.

Nelson added that there would be other attractive fun games for parents and guardians at the event, while top officials of NSC including directors and general managers of sports.



NBBF HOLD STAKEHOLDERS MEETING - by Enoma Ugheghe
THE NIGERIAN BASKETBALL FEDERATION,NBBF HAVE CONCLUDED PLANS TO ORGANISE A PRE-SEASON MEETING FOR THE 2010 ZENITH WOMEN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AND THE DSTV PREMIER LEAGUE PARTICIPANTS
SECRETARY OF THE FEDERATION,MR FRANCIS GBIRI WHO REVEALED THIS IN A PRESS RELEASED SIGNED AND MADE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK,SAID THE MEETING IS TO PREPARE ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS FOR THE COMPETITIONS,ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE THE NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING AND ALSO APPROVED


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  PBL   


Derick Payne Named Player Of The Week - by Allen White
The Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce that Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.), a 6'6' 220-pound power forward from Bowie State University, has been named PBL Player of the Week for the week ending January 17, 2010. This is the first time Payne has been honored for his achievements, and the first time a member of the Buffalo Stampede has earned this award since Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) in March 2009.
In a road victory against the Maryland GreenHawks, Payne earned 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, and helped spark the Stampede to a 124-114 road win, thus ending the franchise's 22 game PBL record losing streak.

This is Payne's second season with the Buffalo Stampede and third year as a player in the PBL; he previously suited up for the Maryland Nighthawks in the 2007-08 season.

PREVIOUS PBL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: 2010 Season

Jan 3 - Angelo Reyes (6'9''-F/C-81), Puerto Rico Capitanes

Jan 10 - Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry

Jan 17 - Derick Payne, Buffalo Stampede



GreenHawks Relieve Rob Spon Of Head Coaching Duties - by Allen White
Maryland GreenHawks General Manager announced today that the team has relieved Head Coach Rob Spon of his duties. Otis Hailey has been hired as Head Coach and will begin immediately.
Spon, who coached the PBL's Manchester Millrats last season, started the season off 1-4 with losses coming against Puerto Rico (twice), Lawton-Fort Sill and Buffalo.
'We had high expectations entering this season and we still do,' said GreenHawks General Manager Adam Dantus. 'Our 1-4 record is not acceptable. We felt as an organization it was time to make a change and we're looking forward to the team moving in the right direction with Otis leading the way.'
Hailey has coached in multiple minor leagues throughout the country most recently serving as head coach for the Los Angeles Push during the 2007-2008 season.
courtesy www.oursporscentral.com ROCKVILLE


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Assec.Prokom 17-0 
 2. Anwil 15-2 
 3. Polpharma 12-5 
 4. PGE Turow 10-6 
 5. Energa Czarni 9-8 
 6. Sokol Znicz 9-8 
 7. AZS Koszalin 9-8 
 8. Trefl Sopot 9-8 
 9. Polonia 8-9 
 10. Stal SW 7-10 
 11. PBG Basket 5-12 
 12. SKK Kotwica 4-13 
 13. Polonia 2011 2-14 
 14. ISS Sportino 2-15 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.6 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 4. Mays, Znicz19.4 
 5. Chappell, Znicz19.1 
 6. Weeden, Polpharma18.4 
 7. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 8. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.8 
 9. Berisha, Polonia 201117.1 
 10. Harris, SKK.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.2 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.10.0 
 3. Daniels, Energa C.10.0 
 4. Chappell, Znicz8.8 
 5. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.3 
 6. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 7. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 8. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 9. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 10. NaNa, Polonia Azb.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil7.4 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.6 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.5.0 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica4.9 
 5. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 6. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.8 
 7. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Hughes, Polonia .4.3 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.4.2 
 10. Joyce, Anw.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  ISS Sportino
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Day, ISS Sportino2.8 
 2. Day, ISS Sportino2.8 
 3. Godbold, Stal SW2.6 
 4. Majewski, Polph.2.5 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.4 
 6. Chappell, Znicz2.4 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 8. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 9. Navickas, AZS K.1.9 
 10. Angley, Polphar.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .2.0 
 2. Misiewicz, Znicz1.2 
 3. Wyka, Znicz1.2 
 4. Harris, SKK K.1.1 
 5. Sullivan, Anwil1.0 
 6. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Kolowca, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Stelmach, SKK K.0.8 
 10. Bigus, ISS Sporti.0.8 


Unia Tarnow Tops Cracovia in Overtime - by Gretchen Garniss
For one Dawid Wojciechowski it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. For on Wednesday evening, Wojciechowski buried a three-pointer from the right corner to send the game into overtime. But with .3 seconds left in overtime, he was called for a foul which put the best player for Unia Tarnow (Wojciech Majchrzak) at the foul line with the score tied. Majchrzak made both free throws for the 92-94 final. Majchrzak led all scorers in the game with 28 points.
Tarnow, the second best team in the group C league, had led for most of the game paced by Majchrzak and Kamil Kamecki (26 points), taking a 22-19 lead after the first quarter and a 50-39 lead at halftime. What started out as a quiet game, got very physical in the second quarter with elbows, arms, and legs flying and 10 fouls called on Tarnw and nine fouls called on Cracovia. Sebastian Solomon racked up 11 points by half-time for Cracovia. Physical play continued into the third quarter and Cracovia had cut the lead to five by the end of the third quarter for a 66-61 score. Wojciechowski and Pawel Czepczyk (7 points), led the Cracovia scoring. Many lead changes characterized the fourth quarter and Cracovia lost Tomasz Kumszcza late in the quarter with a sprained left ankle. Kumszcza had pumped in 21 points for Cracovia on the night.
In the waning seconds of the game each team traded baskets when with three seconds left, Wojciechowski drained a three-pointer from the corner to tie the score at 83. Going into overtime, Kamecki and Majchrzak led Tarnow in scoring. Much like the second quarter, the physical play returned. And one foul with less than a second left in the match, decided this game. Majchrzak was fouled and had not missed a foul shot all night. He made the final two free throws of the game for the 94-92 final. Cracovia falls to 8-7 while Tarnow improves to 13-2.
Wojciech Majchrzak (194-G/F-74)


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  PORTUGAL   


Jason Hartford inks with Ginasio - by Antonio Santos
Casino Figueira Ginasio has announced Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) for the remaining of the 2009/2010 season.

After releasing Jamaal Caterina (198-F-82, college: S.Maine), it was a matter of days until the club found a replacement.

Jason is a Cornell graduate, a 24 year old young man who after the Ivy league played in Finland and Mozambique. He is 2,05 mt tall.

He brings size to a team needing scoring close to the basket. Jason has showed scoring ability when he averaged over 21 a game in Finland.


LPB Round 11 Preview and Picks - by Antonio Santos
Illiabum - Guimaraes
Guimaraes has won 7 out of the last 8 games, including a mid week blowout of Vagos in an early 15 round game. Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81, college: Charlotte) shows signs of being more integrated and the team is widely seen as a contender. Illiabum on the other hand, after a good stretch, faced powerful Ovarense and only put 43 points on the board.
Pick: Guimaraes - While Illiabum plays at home, Guimaraes is highly moralized and shows lots of fire power

Barreirense - Porto
Barreirense is feisty at home. Todd Sowell (201-F-86, college: St.Peter's) shows signs of being in decent shape and feeling integrated by now. Shane Clark (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) continues to show being a reliable scorer. But, on the other side of the court, is a very deep and balanced team who has not lost for weeks.
Pick: Porto - after struggling for a while on offense, Porto has found its way on offense and should prove to be too much for a very young Barreirense team

CAB - Sampaense
Two struggling teams face off in Madeira. After a very good start, Sampaense has not been able to pull off a W for a while. CAB was supposed to be better than its league table position shows.
Pick: CAB - Home court advantage makes the difference in a high scoring affair

Academica - Vagos
Academica was finally able to get a win last week, and it happened on the road. Vagos, after a brilliant display away from home, where it was leading at Benfica with 5 seconds to go (just to lose the game by 1 point) has suffered consecutive losses.
Pick: Academica - while Academica is still a team that can't get on an offensive roll, it has a balanced offense that will prove to be too much for a demoralized Vagos

Ginasio - Fisica
Interesting matchup between two of the worst teams in the league table. Two teams that don't like to run all that much. Fisica defends surprisingly well at times.
Pick: Ginasio - experience comes out on top in a low scoring affair

Benfica - Ovarense
The big game of this round between the two teams that sit atop of the table. Ovarense is on a stretch of games where it has shown to have problems on offense. Coach Mario Leite has to be worried about the lack of offense in his team. Still, with some good D, has been able to get wins.
Pick: Benfica - in an ugly and low scoring game, Benfica prevails


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  QATAR   


Qatar Basketball League Regular Season Final Results - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
The regular season of the Qatari Basketball league came to a close, with Al Rayyan winning the regular season crown. Al Gharrafah has had a very successful season finishing 2nd overall, after finishing 2nd to bottom last season. Al Jaysh Army SC and As Sadd Sports Club round up the top 4, and are the other 2 semi-finalists. Al Arabi Club Doha had a very disappointing season, where they finished with a 5-9 record. Their off-season move to not resign their former coach David Ingham obviously backfired. In his time with Al Arabi Club Doha, Coach Ingham won the GCC Championship (the first and only in club history), a Heir Apparent cup, and finished in the top 3 every year he was there; in 2006-07 they finished tied with Al Rayyan for the best record. Al Arabi Club Doha had its most successful run in their club's history under Coach Ingham's. It has been quite a fall from grace for the once very respected club. Maybe they should bring Coach Ingham back.

The bottom three were Al Ahli Sports Club, Al Wakrah, which both had identical 4-10 records. Al Ahli Sports Club finished above Al Wakrah as they swept the season series. Qatar Sports Club had too many off the court issues to concentrate on basketball, as they lost 3 of their top players from last year, and as a result suffered on the court. They finished the season bottom of the league with a 2-12 record.


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 13-1 
 2. Al Gharrafah 12-2 
 3. Al Jaysh 10-4 
 4. As Sadd 6-8 
 5. Al Arabi 5-9 
 6. Al Ahli 4-10 
 7. Al Wakrah 4-10 
 8. Qatar 2-12 


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  ROMANIA   


Preview of round 17 - by Sebastian Umbrich
Round 17 of the Romanian championship is figuring out some interesting matches.
The round started on Wednesday, when U Cluj rolled over a heavy strengthened BC Mures Targu Mures, 87-81. David Lawrence (201-F-85, college: Charleston) and Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) shot together 48 points, while from the guests, Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points. In their first match of the season, Cluj won 82-55 away.
The second match, between CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (13-3 record, 3rd place), and SCM U Craiova (2-14 record, ranked last) will be a very disbalanced match. Ploiesti will have an easy mission, while Craiova will have to offer strong resistance. In their first match, Ploiesti won 83-60.
Match no. 3 will be between CSU Atlassib Sibiu and BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca. The home team (12-4 record, ranked 4th) will have a relative easy match, facing Gladiator Cluj (5-11 record, ranked 14th) at the Transilvania Sports Center on Saturday. In their first match, Sibiu hardly won against Gladiator, 85-83.
The fourth match will be a bottom half match between CSA Steaua Turabo and Energia Rovinari. Both teams are at 6-10 record, while their first match saw Rovinari winning 77-74.
The 5th match will be a balanced match between BCMUS Pitesti and Elba Timisoara. While Pitesti (9-7 record, ranked 6th), surprisingly lost in Rovinari, Timisoara offered a high-class match, winning 108-100 against CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. Timisoara is now at 10-6 record, ranked 5th. In their first match, Timisoara won 80-76.
The 6th match will be disputed between CSM Oradea and Dinamo Bucharest. CSM Oradea, who didnt play last round against Craiova, is difficult ti determine their shape, but will for sure offer strong resistance to DInamo Bucharest (6-10 record, ranked 11th). In their first match, Dinamo won 70-67.
Match no. 7 will be an interesting match, facing CS Otopeni and CSU Brasov. CS Otopeni was knocked out last round in Mures, against BC Mures, and is now at 9-7 record, ranked 7th. CSU Brasov, who still is seeking the shape to win the third match, offered strong resistance last round against leaders CS Gaz Metan Medias. CSU Brasov is now at 2-14 record, ranked 15th. In their first match, Otopeni smashed Brasov 85-58.
The last match of the round is against leaders CS Gaz Metan Medias and CSM Bucharest. CS Gaz Metan Medias, who was disqualified from the BIBL Balkan League, are at 14-2 record, ranked 1st before the start of the round. (At the day of writing this news, leaders are U Cluj, having won the match played on Wednesday). CSM Bucharest is on 6-10 record, but had signed in two important Americans, so they are a bit strengthened. In October, when the teams played their first match, Gaz Metan won 83-69.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Bassett, Craiova23.7 
 2. Mack, Steaua T.22.8 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 4. Smith, CSU Sibiu19.4 
 5. Peciukas, Mures19.4 
 6. Santana, Municipal B.19.3 
 7. Timus, Steaua T.19.2 
 8. Pesic, Timisoara19.2 
 9. Howell, Gaz Metan18.9 
 10. Dawson, Gladia.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Virgil CARUTASU
  Ploiesti
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 9
 1. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.0 
 2. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.8 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.6 
 4. Smith, CSU Sibiu8.3 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov8.0 
 6. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
 7. Masiulis, Mures7.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.1 
 9. Waterstradt, Pites.7.1 
 10. Dragusin, Pites.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 2. Helcioiu, Municipa.5.4 
 3. Dzambic, Timisoara5.2 
 4. Cooley, Mures5.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.9 
 6. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.7 
 7. Mladenovic, Brasov4.4 
 8. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.4.3 
 10. Pesic, Timisoa.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cooley, Mures3.3 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan3.0 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 5. Bassett, Craiova2.3 
 6. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.3 
 7. Mack, Steaua T.2.3 
 8. Timus, Steaua T.2.2 
 9. Smith, CSU Sibiu2.1 
 10. Medvedj, U.Mobi.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.0 
 2. Lazar, Oradea1.8 
 3. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov1.3 
 6. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 
 7. Vajda, Mures1.0 
 8. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 
 9. Lawrence, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Carutasu, Ploies.0.8 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. U.Mobitel.CN 15-2 
 2. Gaz Metan 14-2 
 3. Ploiesti 13-3 
 4. CSU Sibiu 12-4 
 5. Timisoara 11-6 
 6. Pitesti 9-7 
 7. Otopeni 8-8 
 8. Mures 8-9 
 9. Oradea 6-9 
 10. Rovinari 6-10 
 11. Dinamo B. 6-10 
 12. Steaua Turabo 6-10 
 13. Bucuresti 6-10 
 14. Gladiator CN 5-11 
 15. Craiova 2-13 
 16. Brasov 2-14 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.21.6 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.20.4 
 3. Green, Lokomoti.20.0 
 4. Rush, Triumph18.4 
 5. Chalmers, Enisey16.9 
 6. Monya, Dynamo M.16.6 
 7. Lyday, Unics16.4 
 8. Shabalkin, Triumph16.3 
 9. Fields, Spartak SP16.1 
 10. Popovic, Uni.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei TRUSHKIN
  Krasnie Krilya
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Trushkin, Krasni.8.3 
 2. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA8.1 
 4. Javtokas, Khimky7.2 
 5. Savenkov, Lokomoti.6.5 
 6. Ford, Spartak SP6.0 
 7. McCarty, Khimky5.9 
 8. Kaun, CSKA5.9 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics5.8 
 10. Antic, Lokomo.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.5 
 2. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.5 
 3. Capin, Lokomoti.4.4 
 4. Fields, Spartak SP4.1 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
 6. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.4 
 7. Cabezas, Khimky3.3 
 8. Rush, Triumph3.1 
 9. Chalmers, Enisey3.1 
 10. Planinic, CS.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.9 
 2. Rush, Triumph2.6 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA2.1 
 4. Lyday, Unics2.0 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.2.0 
 6. Chalmers, Enisey2.0 
 7. Bremer, Krasnie .1.8 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky1.7 
 9. Sergeev, Triumph1.7 
 10. Fields, Spartak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Dynamo M.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Monya, Dynamo M.1.9 
 2. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.3 
 3. Savenkov, Lokomoti.1.2 
 4. Mozgov, Khimky1.1 
 5. Shved, Dynamo M.1.0 
 6. Trushkin, Krasni.1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 8. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.9 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky0.9 
 10. Khryapa, CS.0.8 


CSKA clinch another trophy - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Unics 66:55
CSKA won the inaugural VTB United League title. They held off Unics in the championship game in Kaunas today.
The teams opened the game trading baskets. Pops Mensah-Bonsu and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) finally allowed CSKA to clear off as they ensured a 15:10 lead. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) had the last word in the opening frame as he put Unics behind by three points 14:17. J.R. Holden and Sasha Kaun helped CSKA to clear off again in the second period. CSKA built a 30:23 lead. Siskauskas scored 4 points in an 8:0 run from the Moscow team as they enjoyed a 39:23 advantage late in the half. Veremeenko capped the second frame with a jumper to put Unics behind by 14 points 25:39. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke), Siskauskas and Sasha Kaun began the second half from where they left in the first. Trajan Langdon accounted for quick 9 points as CSKA boosted the lead at 21-point mark. Maciej Lampe stopped the bleeding and Unics get a bit closer. They headed into the fourth frame down by 13 points. Maciej Lampe, Kroncar and Samoylenko opened the final stanza with six points in a row to spark the intrigue. Lyday and Maciej Lampe dragged Unics within 4 points with just over 4 minutes remaining. However CSKA came up with a tremendous defensive effort in the reminder of the contest keeping Unics scoreless and securing a confident win at the end.
J.R. Holden and Sasha Kaun knocked down 16 points each to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon added 9 points in the winning effort. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points and 6 boards for Unics. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) and Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss.

CSKA: J.R. Holden 16, Sasha Kaun 16, Trajan Langdon 9
Unics: Maciej Lampe 21, Marko Popovic 10, Kresimir Loncar 10



Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 8-1 
 2. Khimky 7-2 
 3. Unics 6-3 
 4. Lok.Rostov 6-5 
 5. Triumph 5-4 
 6. Dynamo M. 5-5 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 3-7 
 8. Krasnoyarsk 3-7 
 9. Spartak SP 0-9 


Zalgiris edge Khimky in VTB United League consolation final - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Khimky 78:72

Zalgiris clinched the third spot in the VTB United League inaugural season. The Kaunas team held off Khimky in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.), Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) ensured a perfect start for the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris grabbed a 7:0 lead and maintained it well throughout the opening frame. Marcus Brown and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) capped the first quarter with five points in a row as Zalgiris enjoyed a 24:12 lead into the second quarter. Aleksandar Capin fired quick five points at the start of the second frame as Zalgiris secured a 15-point advantage. However Khimky reacted with 16:2 run to cut the deficit to a single point. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) soon drew things level before Dainius Salenga fired from downtown to give Zalgiris a 38:35 advantage at halftime. Raul Lopez and Mozgov helped Khimky surge in front 44:38 in the third term. But Zalgiris managed to eke out a 54:53 advantage with one quarter to go. Salenga and Martynas Pocius boosted the margin at 7-point mark with just over three minutes remaining. Martynas Pocius then followed with a three-pointer as the gap grew to 10 points. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) and Vitaly Fridzon cut the margin at 5 points but it was as close as Khimky could get. Zalgiris stayed calm and celebrated the victory at the end.
Martynas Pocius finished with 26 points to lead Zalgiris. Marcus Brown added 15 points for the winning team. Keith Langford answered with 20 points for Khimky. Vitaly Fridzon tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Martynas Pocius 26, Marcus Brown 15, Dainius Salenga 12
Khimky: Keith Langford 20, Vitaly Fridzon 13



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Al-Ittihad and Uhod left undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Al-Ittihad and Uhod left undefeated as they now on top with 7-0 records. In the latest games Al-Ittihad overcame Al Ahli 89:65 in the top game of the round. Both teams were unbeaten however a 25-12 in the start of the opening quarter was enough to control the rest of the game. Uhod meanwhile rolled over Al Ansar in another top game of the round. And also here both teams were unbeaten before the game with each other, while Uhod won the game to stay undefeated. Al Hilal improved to 5-2 record to follow the favorites as they beat Al Naser 96:68.


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ohod 7-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 7-0 
 3. Al Ahli 6-1 
 4. Al Ansar 6-1 
 5. Al Hilal 5-2 
 6. Al Naser 2-5 
 7. Al Wahda 2-5 
 8. Al Fateh 2-5 
 9. Al Maseerah 2-5 
 10. Al Jabil 1-6 
 11. Al Nahda 1-6 
 12. Al Khaleej 1-6 


Prince Faisal Basketball Cup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
The beginning of January brought the Round of 16 at the Prince Faisal Basketball Cup. In eight games the round sent eight teams to the Quarterfinals. On January 18th Al-Ansar overcame Al-Massira 79:39 in 1/4 Finals, while Al-Hilal beat Al-Wehda 83:48. Al-Ahli had a tough game but won over Al-Fath 71:67. Al-Ittihad outscored Uhud 67:63 in another Quarterfinals.
The Final Round is scheduled for February 22nd.


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A League: Round 17 review - by Eurobasket News
Ergonom - Tamis 73-80
Tamis grabbed valuable road win against Ergonom, joining Vojvodina and Proleter with 11-6 score. Dejan Djokic (200-F-80) came up with 23 points for the guests, making 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) had 20 and Bojan Stajic (198-G-84) added 15 pts. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) (9 rebs) and Radenko Mihajlovic (187-G-85) had 21 pts each for the hosts (4-13).

Radnicki Basket - Proleter Naft. 82-81
Thriller win for Radnicki Basket, who improved to 4-13 score (same as Ergonom). Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) was a key player in this victory with 22 points. Dejan Djokic also had very important role adding 18 pts and 9 assists. Visitors (11-6) got 18 points and 6 rebounds from Sava Rajkovic (201-G/F-73, agency: Beo Basket).

Napredak - Vojvodina 88-55
Napredak blasted Vojvodina coming a step away from it with 10-7 score. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood with Dragan Markovic (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) leading the way with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Djordje Micic (195-G-83) scored 12 and four players followed him with 10 pts each. Goran Martinic (186-G-87, agency: BeoExcell) and Ivan Miceta (205-C/F-81) delivered 11 pts apiece in loss.

Sloga - Mega Vizura 83-64
Sloga had an easy job against Mega Vizura jumping to 8-9 score in Serbian top division. Mladen Gambiroza (208-C-75) led the way in victory with 21 points. Marko Dimitrijevic (190-G-78) had 14 points and 8 assists, while Goran Ignjatovic (204-F/C-83) and Nikola Razic (200-F-75, agency: Court Side) added 12 pts each. Visitors (7-10) got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Stefan Stojacic (195-F-89).

Novi Sad - KG 06 88-59
8-9 for Novi Sad and 1-16 for KG 06 after this game. Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points, while Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) added one less. Petar Beader (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points in defeat.

Metalac - Masinac 89-53
Metalac destroyed Masinac with huge 89-53 mostly owing to Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) and Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84), who drained 22 and 20 points respectively. The second one needed just one more rebound for double-double. In the loosing squad, Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) was the only player with double digits (14 pts). Metalac 12-5, Masinac 7-10.

Borac - Beograd 82-71
The box-score will be available soon.



Zvezda waives their captain? - by Milan Jovanovic
After the Zvezda's captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) issued a contract-breaking application because of the club debts towards him were still unpaid, the registration comission decided in favour of a player, and he's a free agent if not closing the new deal with Zvezda in 7 days.
Dragicevic manager already offered Zvezda the new contract until the end of the season, agreeing to cutting his sallery, and erasing 35% of the old debts, but the latest informations from the last nights meeting of Zvezda officials report the club is most probably not to accept that, and possibly Dragicevic may depart very soon.



Partizan adds Stevan Milosevic to 1-month deal - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade signed 1-month contract with Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). The Serbian powerhouse faced with injury of its best player, Aleks Maric, and decided to reinforce its roster for the following 30 days.
Stevan Milosevic started last season with Crvena Zvezda averaging 1.5 ppg in 8 Adriatic league games. In January 2009 he joined Koeln 99ers. For 17 games in 1.Bundesliga Milosevic collected 9.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. He is a product of Montenegrin squad Buducnost Podgorica. Milosevic also has experience from Austria as a member of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Metalac
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Panic, Metalac20.6 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.18.1 
 3. Markovic, Tamis17.5 
 4. Markovic, Napredak17.3 
 5. Jorovic, Borac16.9 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.9 
 7. Micevic, Borac16.3 
 8. Martinic, Vojvodina16.3 
 9. Rakic, Novi Sad15.6 
 10. Kruscic, Beogr.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stefan JELOVAC
  Mega Vizura
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Jelovac, Mega V.7.5 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 3. Lukovic, Radnic.7.2 
 4. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 5. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.9 
 6. Pobric, Novi Sad6.5 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.4 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.6.3 
 9. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 10. Marojevic, Metal.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.8 
 2. Pistoljevic, Radnic.4.7 
 3. Martinic, Vojvodina4.4 
 4. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 5. Korac, Beograd4.2 
 6. Rakic, Novi Sad4.1 
 7. Dimitrijevic, Sloga4.1 
 8. Radulovic, Masinac3.3 
 9. Prolovic, Borac3.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Slo.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.1 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.2.0 
 4. Dundjerski, Beograd1.8 
 5. Borovcanin, Sloga1.6 
 6. Dimitrijevic, Sloga1.6 
 7. Tresac, Borac1.6 
 8. Jorovic, Borac1.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.5 
 10. Rakic, Novi S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Radnicki Basket
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lukovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Bircevic, Metalac1.4 
 3. Petric, KG 061.3 
 4. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 5. Buric, Tamis1.2 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 7. Arsic, Masinac0.9 
 8. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 9. Bjegovic, Masinac0.8 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Prol.0.6 


Dejan Parezanin new head coach of Bosna - by Zoran Popovic
After lost match against Cedevita and resignation Goran Sehovac, Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo hire former player Dejan Parezanin on position of head coach. Parezanin was coach of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo junior team and assistant coach of senior team. Before Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo, Parezanin was head coach of BC Vogosca MIMS in period 2005-2007. As a player, Parezanin played for Partizan, OKK Beograd, Radnicki, Ikogeka Aleksandrovac and Bosna. Parezanin will have debut this weekend against Siroki. Current score of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo is 3-14.

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Elektra adds Miljkovic - by Zeljko Zule
Elektra Esotech inked SER-SLO Milos Miljkovic (205-C-84) till end of the season. He appeared in 10 games of Serbian B-1 League with Jug Vranje this season, averaging 14.7 points (2P 56%, 3P 17%, FT 87%), 10.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in 30.2 minutes apperance. Miljkovic is already a familiar face in Teleamch League. Last season he spent with Zlatorog Lasko averaging 4.9 points, 5.1 reboudns, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals for 39 games.

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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 29-11 
 2. KCC Egis 28-11 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 28-11 
 4. Dongbu Promy 26-14 
 5. LG Sakers 24-16 
 6. Samsung Th. 16-22 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 13-27 
 8. KT&G Kites 11-27 
 9. SK Knights 11-28 
 10. Daegu Orions 9-28 


KBL Round: 42 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Daegu Orions - Dongbu Promy 80-86
Daegu Orions lost to Dongbu Promy 80:86 as the latter got 26-14 record. Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) paced all the winners with 27 points, Kim Joo-Sung scored 18 and Jones Jonathan notched 12. Johnson Anthony responded with 18 points for Daegu and Hill Herbert scored 17.

Samsung Th. - Mobis Phoebus 77-83
Mobis Phoebus was the first team to reach 29th victory as they beat Samsung 83:77. Dunston Bryant (201-F/C-86) paced the league-leaders with 27 points, while Ham Ji-Hoon delivered 16. Park You-Jin and Brand Micah combined 47 points in the loisng case.

ET Land B.Sl. - SK Knights 77-72
ET Land rolled over SK Knights 77:72 as Bell Rashad (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) stepped up with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Seo Jang-Hoon nailed 12 and Lee Hyun-Ho as well as Hwang Sung-In had 8 apiece. Bang Sung-Yoon ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 78-70
LG Sakers moved to 24-16 record beating Dongbu Promy 78:70. Cho Sang-Hyun (190-G/F-76) paced all the winners with 21 points and Stevenson Greg followed him with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jones Jonathan had 20 points in defeat and Kim Joo-Sung added 19.

ET Land B.Sl. - LG Sakers 81-89
ET Land lost to LG Sakers 81:89 at the start of the Regular Season Round 42. Stevenson Greg was the only player for the winners to reach the double digits as he nailed 27 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 6 assists. Bell Rashad poured in 24 points for the Slamer and Seo Jang-Hoon posted 22.

KCC Egis - SK Knights 96-73
KCC Egis continues to push the tempo and another their victim was SK Knights that lost 96:73. Johnson Ivan (203-C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) led the way with 23 points, while Ha Seung-Jin and Choo Seung-Kyun chipped in 13 apiece. Garnett Christopher chipped in 25 points in the losing effort.

Sonic Boom KT - KT&G Kites 83-69
Sonic Boom KT reached 28-11 as they cruised past KT&G Kites 83:69. Johnson Jasper (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dixon Nigel netted 15. Sin Jong-Suk finished the night with 17 points in defeat and Daniels Chris posted 16.



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Sudanese big men bring a new look to Mount Michael - by Kristian Santiago
By Dirk Chatelain
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Mading sits on a wooden bleacher, adjusting a black brace that covers his right knee.

On the floor in front of him, 10 boys all smaller than he start a big game without him.

About 500 fill the seats and 50 more line the walls at the old Mount Michael gym, partly to watch a spirited rivalry, partly to see the home varsity debuts of two very conspicuous transfer students, Mading Thok and Deng Gol.

3-0, Omaha Roncalli.

It's one of Nebraska's crown jewels, this place. But school officials and parents talk about building a new gymnasium, because rivals won't come here anymore.

Too small. Too many students with black and red face paint standing (literally) on the sideline.

The bottom bleacher is six inches from the thick red line. And at this moment, that's a nuisance not only for Roncalli, but for Mading, who is sitting the bench and can't extend that right leg.

9-5, Roncalli.

Two months ago, on the second day of basketball practice, Mading dunked. Mading loves to dunk. His eyes light up. He feels powerful.

But on the way back to the ground, his right knee collided head-on with a teammate's knee. Monday, he squeezed into a car and finally visited a doctor, who called it a deep bruise.

It's killing me, said Mading, a 17-year-old sophomore.

10-9, Mount Michael.

Because he can't run and jump like usual. Because he came to this all-male boarding school tucked among deer crossings in order to impress college coaches and earn a scholarship, his ticket to a western education.

Because a boy who grows tall in refugee camps doesn't turn his back on Mama to travel halfway across the world and sit the bench on Friday night.

I was almost to the bright light of my life, Mading said last week. But now I'm shut down a little bit.

15-15 after one quarter.

Finally, Coach orders Mading to the scorer's table. He shows them the 55 on his chest, takes the floor, limping slightly. He immediately swats a Roncalli shot out of bounds. He holds up a long, black index finger and wags it four times.

No, no.

Then he scores on a reverse layup. For the first time in months, he feels adrenaline. He wants more.

He sets a pick, rolls to the basket, corrals a pass, dribbles once on the right baseline, plants his size-17 feet, rises from a heap of Roncalli arms, reaches his right hand to the left side of the rim and ...

Students in costume leap off the front bleacher onto the court. Old women engage in high fives. Roncalli never recovers. The rout is on.

Long ago, on these bluffs overlooking the Elkhorn River, Benedictine monks started a seminary, where in quiet seclusion they could free their minds and inspect the word of God.

Fifty-four years later, a 6-foot-11 African boy dunked a basketball and the building darned near shook.

Hoop dreams

A piece of welded steel in southern Sudan. That's where the story begins.

About three years ago, Mading was sitting in a restaurant when a man pulled him aside. Do you play basketball, he said.

Mading had grown up with soccer balls, volleyballs. No basketballs.

The stranger was a coach. He gave Mading a ball and persuaded him to work on his game. Mading found a backboard on a pole downtown, but no rim. How does a boy learn basketball without a hoop?

So he took about $50 in savings and $50 from his sister.

He bought a piece of red steel. He paid a welder to form it into a ring and attach it to the board. Only one problem: the hoop was too high about 14 feet off the dirt.

I couldn't dunk, Mading said.

But he shot jumper after jumper, never hearing the swish of a net he didn't have one.

If you want to play in real games, the coach told him, go to Juba.

Mading went once, then every weekend, competing at an outdoor court.

He was playing a pick-up game in Juba in 2007 when another stranger asked if he wanted to go on a journey.

Duany Duany (196-F/G-76, college: Wisconsin) had once lived in Juba, then moved to America, where he earned a scholarship to Wisconsin. He played in a Final Four. His three brothers played Division I basketball, too.

Duany worked for a foundation called A-Hope.

Its mission: provide African student-athletes an opportunity to acquire a student visa to America and, eventually, a basketball scholarship and a college education.

For A-Hope, finding basketball talent wasn't the problem. Some of the tallest people in the world call Southern Sudan home. But players must be able to take on the rigors of American schools. They must be able to adapt to American culture.

Mading qualified. But did he want to go?

Civil war in Sudan had raged for 21 years. Some 2 million people had been killed, mostly people like Mading: southern Sudanese and Christian.

In 1991, his parents were uprooted from their hometown, Bor.

Mading was born one year later and spent much of the next 12 years in a refugee camp near the Congo border, hearing the guns in the distance, fearing the government militia would attack his camp.

Electricity was scarce. So were schools.

In 2005, after a tenuous peace agreement, he moved to Yei, where rusted tanks lined the roads and bullet holes dotted building walls.

Two years later, he met Duany.

Friends didn't want him to go to America. Mama didn't want him to go. What if nobody took care of him? What if something happened?

His father encouraged him.

You don't want to live the way we're living now, he told Mading.

In Sudan, educated people have jobs. Educated people can buy food, they don't have to grow it. Educated people don't get malaria and typhoid.

Mading wanted an education. He left.

Landed in Detroit in January 2008. (Not exactly paradise.)

From there, he went where Duany, his new legal guardian, told him to go. To Fort Wayne, Ind.

To Charlotte, where he lived with a host family and got a scholarship to United Faith Christian Academy.

His prep team Muggsy Bogues was an assistant coach defeated John Wall in the state championship game.

To Cincinnati, where Mading played AAU ball for Duany's old coach. That's where he met Deng Gol.

They were looking for a school last summer when Duany called a friend at an Indiana boarding school.

Do you have room for them?

Sorry, said Alan Huss.

But I know a place that might.

The connection

A decade ago, when Creighton basketball was starting to make waves in Omaha, Dana Altman had a reserve post player from Kansas City.

His name was Alan Huss.

Huss had college friends who graduated from a boarding school northwest of Elkhorn. He remembered Mount Michael had a fine academic reputation, and Omaha had a booming Sudanese population one of America's largest.

When Huss was a Bluejay, Mount Michael didn't have international students. In 2002, that changed. Now 32 international kids from seven countries sleep and study at the old seminary.

But Sudanese students? Mading and Deng were Mount Michael's first.

Forget basketball, Huss said. I thought the school would be good for the kids.

First week of classes, their appearance on campus caught everyone by surprise, including basketball coach John Roshone.

Senior point guard Tim Carlson saw Mading and Deng and thought: This is unbelievable. Our basketball is going to go through the roof.

Reality hasn't quite matched the hype.

NSAA rules dictated that Mading and Deng sit out the first 90 days of the school calendar.

So Deng and a hobbled Mading waited until Tuesday to play their first varsity game, at West Point. They each had nine points. Mading missed a dunk.

Against Roncalli, they each finished with six points.

A lot of kids expect them to dunk the ball every time they touch it, Carlson said.

Instead, they often turn the ball over. They miss easy shots. They lack muscle on their lanky frames.

Mading possesses considerable offensive skill. Friday night he curled off a pick and smoothly buried a 10-foot jumper. He has the tools to be a Division I player, Huss said.

Deng, a 6-10 junior, can play at the college level, too. But right now, he's mostly a rebounder.

Huss downplayed their meager statistics.

Their productivity in Class B Nebraska basketball doesn't necessarily dictate what level they'll be recruited at, Huss said. It comes down more to what they can be.

Playing against a 6-foot-3 kid isn't really easy for those guys. Their center of gravity is a little high and those (opponents) get up underneath them. When they touch the ball, they're going to get guarded by four people.

In college, they'll play away from the ball, get tip-ins, keep balls alive, defend, rebound, block shots.

The biggest thing, Huss said, can they keep up with the pace of a college game. Can they defend a guy their size? Can they change the game defensively? That's what college coaches will look at.

A-Hope, which Huss considers a highly reputable organization, has taken 22 students from Africa since 2003. And all who have graduated high school played college basketball. (Duany is in Sudan and didn't respond to an e-mail.)

They're looking for kids who are going to be able to get their college paid for, Huss said. If not, they have a problem.

Several Division I schools, including Nebraska and Creighton, have inquired about the Mount Michael giants. But no offers have come.

They have time to improve, but a palpable sense of urgency accompanies them.

Last week, Deng's village was hit with violence. Friends were killed.

Mading last spoke to his mother two months ago. He tried to contact her on Christmas but missed her she was at church. He has three brothers, four sisters and not enough pictures.

I can't even imagine how they're looking now, Mading said. It's a little bit of misery.

Friday night after the game, he accepted congratulations for the highlight It was a pretty weak dunk, he said then limped down the hallway from the gym, up two flights of stairs to his dorm room.

On the shelves, books, peanut butter and protein.

On the wall, a picture of his head pasted on Dwight Howard's body.

On another wall, pencil marks charting his roommate's growth 5-foot-3 at last measurement.

The roomie has no trouble sleeping. But Mading's legs hang off the bottom bunk.

No time to lounge, though. He has a job to do, he says.

On Saturday, Mading was off to the Qwest Center with his host family. He got free tickets and sat behind the Creighton bench, unofficial guests of Coach Altman.

He watched educated men dash across a meticulously painted, spotless, wood floor, shooting jumpers at perfectly circular, machine-crafted, shiny, orange rims. Their height:
Exactly 10 feet.



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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 23-3 
 2. Plannja 20-6 
 3. Sundsvall 19-6 
 4. Solna 18-8 
 5. Uppsala 11-15 
 6. Eco Orebro 11-15 
 7. Sodertalje 10-15 
 8. Boras 10-17 
 9. Gothia Basket 9-16 
 10. Jamtland 6-20 
 11. 08 5-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Drazen KLARIC
  Eco Orebro
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.0 
 2. McKnight, Plannja19.5 
 3. Palm, Boras18.3 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.2 
 5. Gervin, Norrkoping15.7 
 6. Carter, Gothia B.15.6 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall15.6 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.1 
 9. Konare, Jamtland15.1 
 10. Blom,15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.1 
 3. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.8 
 4. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.7 
 5. Djordjic, Soder.7.8 
 6. Akesson, Plannja7.4 
 7. Mottram, Gothia B.7.4 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.2 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.0 
 10. Klaric, Eco Oreb.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.0 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 4. Mitchell, Solna5.1 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.5 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Larsson, Plannja4.2 
 9. McKnight, Plannja4.2 
 10. Carter, Gothia.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.4 
 3. McKnight, Plannja2.2 
 4. Mbemba, Solna2.1 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.0 
 7. Person, Uppsala1.9 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Crone, Sodertal.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.7 
 3. Palm, Boras1.6 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.6 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 6. Spagrud, Sundsvall1.0 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping0.9 
 8. Akesson, Plannja0.9 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping0.8 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.0.7 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Tony BROWN
  Starwings
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Brown, Starwings20.9 
 2. Thomas, Lausanne20.6 
 3. Sowell, Geneva Devils19.2 
 4. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Volcy, Monthey18.4 
 6. Bradley, MGS18.2 
 7. Hollins, Starwings17.5 
 8. Mladjan, Lugano T.17.0 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.16.9 
 10. Johnson, BBC Ny.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SLOAN
  Starwings
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sloan, Starwings11.5 
 2. Grimm, SAM M.9.9 
 3. Thompson, Lausanne9.7 
 4. Volcy, Monthey9.7 
 5. Southall, BBC Nyon8.9 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.4 
 7. VanderMeer, Lugano T.8.1 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg7.4 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.7.2 
 10. Dacevic, SAV.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hollins, Starwings5.9 
 2. Monroe, Boncourt5.3 
 3. Pleux-D., Lausanne5.2 
 4. Lukovic, SAV V.5.1 
 5. Bradley, MGS5.1 
 6. Wooten, Boncourt5.0 
 7. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.6 
 9. Johnson, BBC Nyon4.5 
 10. Gray, SAM Massag.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Mykolaiv
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Gray, SAM Massagno2.8 
 3. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 4. Tshomba, Boncourt2.4 
 5. Dacevic, SAV V.2.3 
 6. Jaquier, Starwings2.3 
 7. Mladjan, Lugano T.2.2 
 8. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.2 
 9. Volcy, Monthey2.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Thompson, Lausanne4.3 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.3 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.3.0 
 4. Sloan, Starwings1.8 
 5. Niang, MGS1.5 
 6. Sanders, Lugano T.1.2 
 7. Vogt, Fribourg1.1 
 8. Volcy, Monthey1.1 
 9. Gilmore, MGS1.1 
 10. Grimes, Lausan.1.0 


LNA Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Geneva Devils - Monthey 62-76
Monthey upset Geneva away from home for the ninth victory. Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) came up with 23 points to pace the visitors. Jean-Richard Volcy added 17 points in the win. Daniel Nyom answered with 13 points for the Devils.

Starwings - Lugano Tigers 79-71
Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU) tallied 19 points, 11 boards and 9 steals as Starwings rallied past Lugano. Vernard Hollins contributed 17 points and 6 assists in the 6th win for the hosts. The Tigers responded with 17 points and 6 boards from Michael Efevberha.

SAM Massagno - BBC Nyon 67-94
Nyon bruised SAM Massagno away from home. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, agency: LBM Management) scored 27 points and made 5 steals to lead the visitors. Josh Almanson added 23 points in the winning charge. Ross Morin responded with 22 points for SAM Massagno.

Fribourg - Boncourt 85-58
Fribourg held off Boncourt for the 15th win in the season. Tresore Quidome (192-G-80) scored 21 points to pace Fribourg. Dave Esterkamp added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Lewis Monroe answered with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for the Red Team.

Lausanne - MGS 76-67
Kenny Thomas (191-G-87, college: Radford) scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Lausanne past MGS. Ismael N'Diaye, Tyson Patterson and Julien Senderos added 12 points each in the victory. Karon Bradley and Brian Gilmore answered with 17 points each for MGS.



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  SYRIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 5-0 
 2. Jeish 4-0 
 3. Jalaa 3-0 
 4. Wehda 3-0 
 5. Hurriya 3-2 
 6. Karameh 2-3 
 7. Wathba 2-3 
 8. Kasyoun 2-3 
 9. Talee'a 1-4 
 10. Yarmouk 1-4 
 11. Tishreen 0-3 
 12. Thawra 0-4 


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  TAIWAN   


Jeff Jones' nightmarish debut - by Chris Wang
Bank of Taiwan import Jones Jeff (203-F/C-83, college: N.Mexico St.) made his long-awaited debut in the Taiwanese league Friday. But it was probably a debut performance he had in mind. Jones made only 4 of 14 free-throws as BOT was routed by KKL 86-63 and is still without a win.

BOT suffered abother blow when PF Hsu Chih-chang sprained his right knee the first quarter. hsu left the game and did not return.

KKL 86-63 BOT
KKL: S. Hawkins 20p+9rb, Cheng Jen-wei 20p+12rb, Chen Ching-huan 11p+7rb
BOT: J. Jones 12p+9rb, Chen Yu-chi 13p

Yulon 70-64 TM
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 11p+16rb+5a+4s+5blk, Yang Che-yi 19p, Chou Shih-yuan 18p
TM: Chang Yi-ming 17p, A. Grant 10p+12rb

Standing:
Yulon 4-1, PY 3-1, KKL 3-1, Dacin 3-1, TM 1-3, TB 1-3, BOT 0-5


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Yulon Luxgen 3-1 
 2. Dacin Tigers 3-1 
 3. Pure Youth 3-1 
 4. KKL 2-1 
 5. Taiwan Mobile 1-2 
 6. Taiwan Beer 1-3 
 7. Bank of Taiwan 0-4 


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  TUNISIA   


Round 11 Highlighted by Tunisian Powers Match up. - by Matthew Kyle
This weekend's games will be very important for some team's chances acheiving the top 4. EZS hosts JSK and both teams are fighting for a chance to play in the super playoff. CA hosts ESR and needs to avoid an upset to continue on the path toward the top 4.

This weekends games fall into the shadow in comparison to the match up between Etoile du Sahel and Stade Nabeulien. Both teams are looking to lock up home court advantage for the Super Playoff and tomorrow's game will ensure just that.

I had a chance to speak to Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, college: Lenoir CC) about the game tomorrow. Here is what he had to say.

Hey Jamarr, How's is going?
Jamarr: 'Good, just resting in my hotel room.'

Last game you told me you scored 9 points was it because the offense was out of sync. Has your team corrected the problem?
Jamarr: 'Yes.'

Major or minor changes?

Jamarr: 'Major changes actually, we are planning to have the ball in my hands more, allowing me to create more.'

Has your coach implemented any new plays or tactics... maybe a few tricks to ensure the victory?
Jamarr: 'Offensively we changed a little... defensively... we are going to do more zone... Stade Nabeulien has trouble with the zone.

Since the last game was a tough one and considering your history with Nabeul I am going to go out on a very thick limb here and say this is a grudge match between the two powers of Tunisia. Moving forward do you think this game has a large impact on the super playoff? Any sort of momentum you think is up for grabs?
Jamarr: 'Yes, home court advantage if we win this.'

And last but not least he most important question: Are you going to emerge victorious tomorrow... power-ess.com needs something good to write about... they probably get tired of writing about ESS's dominance of the Tunisian circuit.
'I hope so, i try to play off my teammates, if we get a good rhythm well definitely win the game.'

Alright thanks Jamarr, Good Luck tomorrow.

This weekend's games will prove very revealing or very complicating toward the formation of the top 4. Hopefully, for basketball fans out there, it is the latter, so we will still see some important basketball in the upcoming games.


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Douby, Darussafaka21.8 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.3 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.6 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga17.8 
 5. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.6 
 6. Baron, Mersin17.6 
 7. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.5 
 8. Williams, Erdemir17.4 
 9. Brown, Bornova17.2 
 10. Baxter, Besikt.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.9.7 
 2. Williams, Erdemir9.5 
 3. Heytvelt, Oyak R.9.4 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.3 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka7.5 
 6. Elegar, Bornova7.3 
 7. Greene, Antalya7.2 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.1 
 9. Bowman, Tofas6.9 
 10. Erden, Fener.Ulk.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.7 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.3 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.8 
 4. Acik, T.Telekom4.7 
 5. Ermis, Banvit4.7 
 6. Atsur, Besiktas4.6 
 7. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.4 
 8. Holston, Karsiyaka4.4 
 9. Gordon, Kepez Bld4.0 
 10. James, Mers.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hosley, Aliaga3.4 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.7 
 3. Shipp, Bornova2.6 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.5 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.3 
 6. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka1.9 
 8. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 9. Kinsey, Fener.Ulker1.8 
 10. Ermis, Banv.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 2. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 3. Solak, Galatasaray1.6 
 4. Davis, Banvit1.6 
 5. Elegar, Bornova1.5 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.4 
 7. Denison, Tofas1.2 
 8. Buckman, Kepez Bld1.1 
 9. Davidson, Darussaf.1.1 
 10. Bowman, Tof.1.0 


TBL: No surprises in Round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Tofas 98-84
Besiktas celebrated in the last game of Round 15 keeping the fourth place in TBL with 10 wins. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) top-scored in victory with 28 points and he dished out 6 assists beside that. Kevin Flecher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) added 22 points and 5 rebounds with just one missed shot from the field. In Tofas (6-9), Sean Denison (210-F/C-85, college: Santa Clara) collected 20 pts.

Oyak Renault - Fener.Ulker 66-92
Fenerbahce Ulker cruised past Oyak Renault as a guest getting 20 points from Lynn Greer. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts, 8 boards and 5 assists. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) replied with 23 pts for the hosts. Fenerbahce Ulker stays No.2 with 13-2 score, while Oyak Renault dropped to 5-10.

T.Telekom - Darussafaka 80-71
9th victory of the season for Turk Telekom, who had 5 players with double-digits in scoring against Darussafaka. Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Tutku Acik (194-G-80) led the way with 13 pts each. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Darussafaka (1-14) got 18 pts and 12 rebounds from Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama).

Bornova - Galatasaray 86-79
Bornova did a great job against Galatasaray joining it with 7-8 score. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) stepped up in victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Albert Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) followed him closely with 17 pts, 7 boards and 5 assists. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) responded with 15 pts and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Efes Pilsen - Erdemir 98-83
Top-ranked Efes Pilsen registered 14th victory of the season. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) led the scorers with 20, Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Ender Arslan (190-G-83) added 13 pts in this win. In Erdemir (8-7), Nathan Funk (190-G-83, college: Creighton) and Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio) posted 17 pts each.

Mersin - Antalya 73-76
Valuable road win for Antalya, who improved to 7-8 score in TBL. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) stepped up for the guests with 18, while Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-F-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) added four points less. The hosts (4-11) got 14 points from James Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island).

Kepez Bld - Banvit 65-83
Banvit continues with great performances, this time beating Kepez as a guest 65-83. It means that the team of Orhun Ene stays No.3 in TBL with 11 wins. Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: EM-PA) led Banvit with 17 points and he made it in just 18 minutes on the floor. Kepez (4-11) got 13 pts and 6 rebounds from Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket).

Aliaga - Karsiyaka 78-72
6-9 for Aliaga and 8-7 for Karsiyaka after this game. Ceyhun Altay was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) also had great role and he was pretty close to triple-double: 17 pts, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) helped with 17 pts. In the loosing squad, KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) collected 21 pts and 9 rebounds.


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Duncan slides past Mavs Nowitzki for 12th All-Star start - by David Edole
Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest), by a margin of less than 64,000 votes, has secured the second forward slot on the Western Conference squad for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.

It will be Duncans 12th All-Star appearance, and he is the only San Antonio Spur selected to start for the West this year.

Clevelands LeBron James garnered the most All-Star votes this year, as 2,549,693 fans cast their ballots for the Cavaliers forward. James, who will start for the Eastern Conference, becomes the first NBA player to secure at least 2.5 million votes in three separate years.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the second-leading vote-getter overall. More than 2.4 million fans cast their ballots for Bryant.

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington before an expected crowd of more than 80,000 spectators, which would represent the largest crowd to ever to witness a live basketball game.

The Interstate 35 rivalry between San Antonio and Dallas will likely intensify as the player Duncan beat out for the second forward spot on the Western Conference starting lineup was the Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki. At press time, Duncan was averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Spurs, while Nowitzki was averaging 25.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Mavericks.

Western Conference Starters
Forwards:

Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets (2,137,560 votes)

Tim Duncan, Spurs (1,156,696 votes)

Guards:

Kobe Bryant, Lakers (2,456,224 votes)

Steve Nash, Suns (1,222,235 votes)

Center:

Amare Stoudemire, Suns (1,824,093 votes)

Eastern Conference Starters
Forwards:

LeBron James, Cavaliers (2,549,693 votes)

Kevin Garnett, Celtics (1,978,116 votes)

Guards:

Dwyane Wade, Heat (2,327,550 votes)

Allen Iverson, 76ers (1,269,568 votes)

Center:

Dwight Howard, Magic (2,360,096 votes)

The NBAs 30 head coaches will select reserves for the East and West teams. They must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team.



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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 12-1 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 10-2 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 9-3 
 4. BC Kyiv 9-4 
 5. BC Odessa 8-3 
 6. Khimik 7-5 
 7. Dnipro 6-5 
 8. Halychyna 6-6 
 9. Azovmash 6-7 
 10. Hoverla 5-6 
 11. Mykolaiv 3-9 
 12. DniproAzot 2-10 
 13. Pulsar 1-12 
 14. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 15. Gryfony 0-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.2 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.20.1 
 3. Karim, DniproAzot20.1 
 4. Thomas, Fe.19.7 
 5. McIntosh, Halyc.19.0 
 6. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.4 
 7. Fraser, Hoverla17.8 
 8. Tiggs, Fe.17.3 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik17.3 
 10. Andriukaitis, Dnip.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Thomas, Fe.11.7 
 2. Fraser, Hoverla11.7 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash7.9 
 4. Wilson, Gryfony7.8 
 5. Finn, Halychyna7.6 
 6. Hunter, Fe.7.6 
 7. Morton, DniproAzot7.5 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa6.9 
 9. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv6.9 
 10. McClintock, Mykola.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  BC Odessa
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, BC Od.7.0 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro6.4 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik5.8 
 4. Karim, DniproAzot5.7 
 5. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.5 
 6. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.6 
 7. Antonijevic, Kryvba.4.3 
 8. Sparks, Hoverla4.3 
 9. Hill, BC Odessa4.2 
 10. Jeromanovs, Myk.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. House, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Sparks, Hoverla2.3 
 3. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 4. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 5. Tiggs, Fe.2.1 
 6. Crowe, Dnipro2.1 
 7. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.9 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.5 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.5 
 3. Morton, DniproAzot1.7 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.6 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.4 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 7. Khizhnyak, Budivelnyk1.2 
 8. Sokur, DniproAzot1.2 
 9. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.2 
 10. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 


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21st Dubai Int'l Tournament - Quarter Finals - by Mohammed Malas
Zain gave a heroic performance yesterday in front of Mahram of Iran in the quarter-finals of the 21st Dubai International Tournament, however, The performance did not help the heros of Jordan to taste the defeat to outcome at the last seconds 66-70.

Despite the fact that Zain left the tournament, But the players were honored for the big performance they did last night which made the fans so impressed esspecially that the atmosphere around the team was so dark before heading to Dubai due to the current situation in Jordan after dissolving the Jordanian Basketball Federation 7 months ago and then the injuries of Mohammad Hamdan, Moussa Al Awadi, Enver Soobzokov, Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) and finally Rasheim Wright.

It seems that the Zain will be forced once again to wait for giving make the revenge over the Iranian Champions, who have won in West Asian Clubs Championship last year in Amman 96-85, then returned and repeated the win in the final outcome of the Asian Clubs Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia 78-68.\

The 'Swing' results in the 1st round imposed this confrontation difficult early clash for Zain when they came out with 2 wins (Over An Nasr and Champville) and 2 losses (From Smart Gilas and Jalaa) finishing in the 3rd place.

Best scorers from Zain were Rasheim Wright with 26 points, Kendall Dartez 17, Ayman Idais 15 and Sam Daghlas 10 points.

- Semi Finals games schedule is as follows:
15:00 Al Riyadi X Smart Gilas
17:00 Mahram X Al Jalaa


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Boyd on Board with Eagles - by Andy Webb
Great Britain point guard Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) has joined the Newcastle Eagles, following a period out of domestic competition after the 2009 Eurobasket tournament in Poland.



The former Dartmouth Ivy League graduate comes to the club after a five year career in France and Spain. Flinder started his professional career in 2002 at French Pro A club Le Havre and has since played in French Pro B with Mulhouse and Nantes, before a two year spell with Rosalia in the Spanish LEB. Flinders last club attachment was with Leicester Riders, before joining the Great Britain national team last summer.



Flinder played a key role in the GB programme at its first European Championship Finals in 32 years,. Although the team did not reach the final stages, the highlight of its group competition was without doubt the narrow loss to World and European Champions Spain, which saw the GB side 4 points ahead with three minutes to play.



Eagles coach Fab Flournoy believes that he already has a basis of a team to retain the BBL Championship title, but feels Boyd will give the team the added dimension it needs.



Flinder is a player I have been keen to sign for a little while now. We have talked a lot recently and have monitored Flinders rehabilitation. He is a much respected player and I think the type of character that is going to fit very easily into our system. He is also the type of guy that makes players around him better, which will be a real shot in the arm for us at this point in the season, both on and off the court.



Eagles managing director Paul Blake expressed, Im really pleased to see Flinder come to the club. He is an intelligent, likeable individual, who without question has proven his ability at domestic and international level. It is a real boost for the club and the league to have a potential 2012 representative participating on these shores.



Boyd is expected to join the club on Monday 25th January as the club prepare for their home tie against Plymouth Raiders on Thursday 28th January.


Titmuss Faces Former Player - by Andy Webb
Worthing Thunder coach Dave Titmuss will take part in a battle of the tacticians when he faces Paul James, Head Coach of Worcester Wolves, on Sunday. The 63 old commented: 'I know Paul (James) very well, he played for me at Thames Valley Tigers and has gone on to be a successful BBL coach. Hes an outstanding recruiter and knows how to organise his talent.' Prior to meeting his old player though, the former England Senior Men's team boss will have to go up against current Team GB Under 20 coach, Tim Lewis, as Thunder take on Essex Pirates on Saturday evening. Titmuss added: 'I always have respect for my opposing coaches because we all go through the same things. Tim (Lewis) has set up a great Programme in Essex and his game preparation is always excellent. Essex have strengthened since we last played them and they are playing well, better than their results suggest.At the moment we are doing about three-quarters of what I think we have to do, technically, to get into a position to make the Play-Offs, but we're grinding out somevictories and our team has shown a terrific mental toughness and smarts to close outsomedifficult games;we'll need every bitof those qualities against the Pirates and Worcester. '

Another club facing a double-header is Glasgow Rocks, as Sterling Davis' men visit Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Saturday evening before making the long journey South to Airwaves Plymouth Raiders the following day. With such challenging games all played within a short space of time, the strength in depth of teams is being exposed at this point in the season, and this is an area that Rocks' player-coach Sterling Davis feels his team will score top marks in. He explained: 'I think it will be a tough match-up against both opponents this weekend, they are both playing good basketball. (Gary)Stronach and (Rob)Paternostro are both proven coaches in the league, and are always well prepared. I wouldn't say we are deep but we are getting some of the best production from the bench this season than we've had in a while, and this can only be a good thing.'

In the BBL Trophy, a rescheduled fixture between PAWS London Capital and Everton Tigers will take place at Capital City Academy on Saturday evening, part of a tough weekend for the Capital, who then welcome Newcastle Eagles to their arena the following day. Rounding off the action for the weekend, is a BBL Championship clash between Guildford Heat, and Cup finalists Cheshire Jets.


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USBA will hold Basketball Tryouts, March 13 and March 20, 2010 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (January 22, 2010)---The United States Basketball Association today announce tryout schedule for professional basketball players. The positions are for all USBA team. The USBA has eighteen teams divided into three divisions, spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The USBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has a Regional Manager assigned as team representative. Refer to league web site www.usbaball.com/teams .

Collegiate, minor league and international Players are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. We are also extending a invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities.

The USBA 2010 basketball season runs from April 7, 2010 to July 3, 2010. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home and fifteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Game scheduled for the 3rd week of May. The USBA Championship Playoff series begins July 5, 2010 with the Championship game on July 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Individual team tryouts are scheduled for March 13th and 20th, 2010. A National Basketball Showcase Combine is scheduled for March 6, 2010 at Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. Details for the tryouts and the Showcase Combine are forth coming.

The USBA will waive player tryout fees for the upcoming season, according to league sources, We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream, however, and we do require all basketball players to have a minimum of two years collegiate playing experience. Players will not be considered without pre-registration with the USBA.

USBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing now gives us a prime opportunity for us to get to the word out and make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with the players and coaches and quite simply, the players and coaches will have ample time for players to select a team of his choice'

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the coaches. Players are paid $350.00 per week. Players also receive housing, when needed and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus, players will receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements and sponsorship sales.

According to the league, each player candidate should submit his resume or film to kennethgreen@usbaball.com and usba@usbaball.com. All candidates will receive a response. 'We expect a huge response and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume no later than February 15, 2010,' said USBA Vice President Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. None of our teams have players in place and this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed.'

Contact:
Duane Allen Jenkins- (678) 996-9993 or duanejenkins@usbaball.com
Kenneth Green- (404) 547-6907 or kennethgreen@usbaball.com



USBA to Host a National Basketball Player Combine, March 6, 2010 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (January 22, 2010)---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) will host its first invitation-only national basketball player combine as part of the process for filling its 2010 inaugural basketball team rosters. The combine is scheduled to take place at one of two colleges in Atlanta, Georgia. 'We have the site selection narrowed to two locations, one is Mercer University and the second is Oglethorpe University,' said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. The combine will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010. 'We invite all qualified professional players to participate, we have already heard from agents who represent players from other countries as well as here in the United States,' said Green. The combine will be open to all qualified basketball players. The deadline for sign up is February 22, 2010.

'We are working tirelessly in our pursuit to find the best players available for all USBA teams; this will enable us to provide our fans the very best minor league professional basketball players from day one,' said USBA President and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins . 'This national search for players and our combine is a truly special and unique opportunity for all of our coaches to evaluate basketball players to fit their style of play in one place and at one time,' continued Jenkins.

Invited players will participate in scrimmage games and will be evaluated by the league coaching staff and invited scouts. USBA coaching staff will then select the players to try out for their local team. USBA individual team tryouts are scheduled for March 13, 2010 and March 20, 2010. According to the league, players will be charged a fee of $75.00 to participate in the combine. The league will waive the all fees for team individual tryouts for the players who participate in the combine. Basketball players will need to have a minimum of two years experience on the collegiate level to be invited to both the combine and the individual team tryouts.

Players participating in the combine will receive a tee shirt, lunch from Subway and a video taped disc of the days events. Deer Park will provide bottled water to the players and coaches. Trainers and paramedics will be on hand to assist participants.

The basketball games during combine will be officiated by league referees. 'We have a prime opportunity to expose these players to the crews that will officiate the USBA games,' said USBA Supervisor of Officials, Simmie Lavender. The minimum experience of my officials is the NCAA division two level; we have quite a few people that referee in the NCAA division one and currently registered with the D-League.' The USBA uses NBA rules and regulations.

The USBA has eighteen teams in three divisions. The teams are spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Please refer to the league website at www.usbaball.com. Combine signup will begin February 1, 2010 and end February 22, 2010. Complete instruction on player registration, confirmed site location and hotel reservation information will be made available on the league website on February 1, 2010. The USBA utilizes medium to small college and university gymnasiums for the home location of their teams. All USBA coaches will be on hand to evaluate players. Coaches will have the option to sign players to an agreement or invited them to an additional tryout with their local team.

Basketball player compensation package includes; $350.00 per week, $25.00 sponsor paid appearances, 25% commission on sponsorship sales, a daily meal at Golden Coral Buffet Restaurant, workman compensation and housing, when needed. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home games and fifteen games away.

About the United States Basketball Association----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a mid spring thru early summer mens professional basketball league. The league headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The league as eighteen teams split into three divisions, spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Basketball players, coaches, dance team members and game day staff could be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBADL), as well as exposure to other reputable professional basketball leagues from around the world. League website is www.usbaball.com .



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CSKA are the first VTB United League champions - by Eurobasket News
3rd place
Zalgiris - Khimky 78-72
Zalgiris clinched the third spot in the VTB United League inaugural season. The Kaunas team held off Khimky in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.), Mantas Kalnietis and Dainius Salenga ensured a perfect start for the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris grabbed a 7:0 lead and maintained it well throughout the opening frame. Marcus Brown and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) capped the first quarter with five points in a row as Zalgiris enjoyed a 24:12 lead into the second quarter. Aleksandar Capin fired quick five points at the start of the second frame as Zalgiris secured a 15-point advantage. However Khimky reacted with 16:2 run to cut the deficit to a single point. Vitaly Fridzon soon drew things level before Dainius Salenga fired from downtown to give Zalgiris a 38:35 advantage at halftime. Raul Lopez and Mozgov helped Khimky surge in front 44:38 in the third term. But Zalgiris managed to eke out a 54:53 advantage with one quarter to go. Salenga and Martynas Pocius boosted the margin at 7-point mark with just over three minutes remaining. Martynas Pocius then followed with a three-pointer as the gap grew to 10 points. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) and Vitaly Fridzon cut the margin at 5 points but it was as close as Khimky could get. Zalgiris stayed calm and celebrated the victory at the end. Martynas Pocius finished with 26 points to lead Zalgiris. Marcus Brown added 15 points for the winning team. Keith Langford answered with 20 points for Khimky. Vitaly Fridzon tossed in 13 points in the loss.

FINAL
CSKA - Unics 66-55
CSKA won the inaugural VTB United League title. They held off Unics in the championship game in Kaunas today. The teams opened the game trading baskets. Pops Mensah-Bonsu and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) finally allowed CSKA to clear off as they ensured a 15:10 lead. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) had the last word in the opening frame as he put Unics behind by three points 14:17. J.R. Holden and Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) helped CSKA to clear off again in the second period. CSKA built a 30:23 lead. Siskauskas scored 4 points in an 8:0 run from the Moscow team as they enjoyed a 39:23 advantage late in the half. Veremeenko capped the second frame with a jumper to put Unics behind by 14 points 25:39. Trajan Langdon, Siskauskas and Sasha Kaun began the second half from where they left in the first. Trajan Langdon accounted for quick 9 points as CSKA boosted the lead at 21-point mark. Maciej Lampe stopped the bleeding and Unics get a bit closer. They headed into the fourth frame down by 13 points. Maciej Lampe, Kroncar and Samoylenko opened the final stanza with six points in a row to spark the intrigue. Lyday and Maciej Lampe dragged Unics within 4 points with just over 4 minutes remaining. However CSKA came up with a tremendous defensive effort in the reminder of the contest keeping Unics scoreless and securing a confident win at the end. J.R. Holden and Sasha Kaun knocked down 16 points each to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon added 9 points in the winning effort. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points and 6 boards for Unics. Marko Popovic and Kresimir Loncar accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss. J.R. Holden was named the MVP of the Final Four. Marko Popovic, Vitaly Fridzon, Martynas Pocius, Maciej Lampe and Sasha Kaun made up the Final Four Top Team.



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Frierson signed by Baerum in BLNO - by Bobby Rouse
Former Cartersville/Baseline Warrior's player Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY) moves to Baerum Basket in the BLNO from Harstad . Frierson will be looked upon to help pull Baerum into serious playoff contention for the post season.

Former Cartersville/Baseline Warrior's player Chucky Frierson moves to Baerum Basket in the BLNO from Harstad. Frierson will be looked upon to help pull Baerum into serious playoff contention for the post season.




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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Catanduva are new CNBF champions - by Eurobasket News
Catanduva - Ourinhos 60:59

Catanduva dethroned Ourinhos in the third game of the CNBF championship series. Catanduva swept the series with the home win in the third encounter. The victory marked the first title in the history of Catanduva as they snapped Ourinhos triumphant strike. Gilmara Justino (185-C-81) became the hero of the game. She drained a late bucket that proved decisive in this one.
Ourinhos entered the game with their backs against the wall. They lost both home encounters and needed some change things drastically to stay alive in the series. The attitude seemed right as the visitors stormed into the encounter. Ourinhos grabbed a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the clash. Catanduva stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and limited their opponents to 12 points trimming the deficit at 4 points at halftime. Catanduva developed on their success as they denied the deficit in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth quarter all tied at 47. Neither side was able to clear off as it all came down to the final seconds. Gilmara Justino proved the difference as she converted a late bucket after an offensive board that propelled Catanduva to the national title.
Gilmara Justino finished with 11 points for the winners. Palmira Marcal (178-G-84) added 10 points for Catanduva. Jucimara Dantas (193-C-78) responded with 14 points for Ourinhos. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) and Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) had 12 points apiece in the loss.

Catanduva: Gilmara Justino 11, Palmira Marcal 10, Vanessa Gattei (169-G-80) 9, Fabiana Oliveira (181-F/C-79) 9
Ourinhos: Jucimara Dantas 14, Micaela Jacintho 12, Karen Gustavo 12



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A1 Womens Stats Leaders
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kurz, Liosia 17.7
2 Lenoir, ARIS. 17.7
3 Abramzon,Olymp. 14.9
4 Tierny, Panion. 14.3
5 Harris, Olymp. V 14
Rebounds Per Game
1 Petronyte, Athinai.11.3
2 Nkele, Apol. P. 11.0
3 Skibbe, Faliro. 10.0
4 Kerr, Apol. 9.7
5 Solverson, FEA. 9.0
Assists Per Game
1 Dabovic, Athinai 4.7
2 Deli, FEA. 4.7
3 Kalentzou, Athinai. 4.7
4 Lymoura, Athinai. 4.0
5 Lenoir, ARIS. 3.7
6 Fox, Ravenna, 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 Mouli, Siemens 3.0
2 Smith, Apollon 2.8
3 Koch, Liosia 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Miller, Faliro 1.4
2 Davis, Ravenna 1.2
3 Skiadop., Siemens 1.1
2FGP
1 Davis, Athinai. 67%
2 Miller, Faliro 64%
3 Solverson, Apol. 59%
3FGP
1 Thorn, Panath. 52%
2 Tomakaki, Apol. 45%
3 Wilson, Panionios 44%
Free Throws
1 Smith, Apol. 81.0%
2 Solverson, Apol. 79.0%
3 Dimitrak., Meg. 77.0%


Standings -A2 Women - by Chris Mammides
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. PAOK 10-1 
 2. Pylaia 9-2 
 3. AO Serron 9-2 
 4. Panathlitikos 9-2 
 5. Titanes Dramas 8-3 
 6. Arios Pt. 7-4 
 7. Iraklis 6-4 
 8. Anagenisi 5-5 
 9. Aias Evosmou 3-7 
 10. Apollon Kar. 2-8 
 11. M.Aleksandros 2-8 
 12. Komotini 2-8 
 13. Analifi V. 1-9 
 14. Philippos V. 0-10 
Group South
 1. Proteas V. 11-1 
 2. Amarillida 10-2 
 3. Asteras 10-2 
 4. Kronos AD 7-3 
 5. Pagrati 7-3 
 6. Ktibifon P. 7-3 
 7. Paraskevis 6-4 
 8. Sporting 5-5 
 9. Aris Holargos 5-8 
 10. Irakleio 4-6 
 11. Aris Thivas 4-8 
 12. Niki Lenkabas 3-7 
 13. Panagitsas 2-10 
 14. Peiraikos 0-12 


A1, Round 12 review: Athinaikos has no mercy, jumps to 12-0 - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos had an easy time at home, as they routed Olympiacos 81-52. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) was excellent with 18 points while Vasiliki Volonaki (179-F-80) added 15 points. For Olympiacos , Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) was the only player to reach double digits with 16 points.
Panathanaikos was exceptional away, beating P. Filario 52-71. Visiting team got 24 point effort from Lindsey Wilson. On the other side, Karen Mourd (199-C-70) had 18 points in loss.
Esperides played a closely contested matchup with Apollon Ptolemidas, overcoming them 67-65. Aikaterina Sotiriou (187-F-84) led the way for winners with 17 points, while Sheryl Swoopes and Emily Fox chipped in 16 points each. For visiting team, Sequoia Holmes had 18 points.
Aris hosted Olympiada and came up on top 92-71. Anna Spyridopoulou (182-F-88) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the rout with 18 and 17 points respectively. On the other side, Katya Ambrazon poured in 25 points while Maria Kyritsaka added 21 points.
FEA Neas survived the trip to Apollon K, after they were better 64-66. Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75) led the winning side with 14 points, while Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) and Joana Solverson added 13 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Nikol Karter had 17 points for hosts.



A1 Standings

1. Athinaikos 12-0
2. Esperides 8-3
3. DAS Ano Liosa 7-4
4. Panathinaikos 7-4
5. P.Faliro 6-5
6. Aris Thessal. 6-5
7. FEA Neas 5-5
8. Panionios 5-5
9. Apollon Ptol. 5-6
10. Apollon Kal. 4-7
11. Olympiakos V. 3-8
12. Olympiada L. 2-9
13. Hania 0-9



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  MALTA - Women  


Standings - Women
Div.1 Standings
 1. Hibs Medsea 7-0 
 2. Depiro 6-2 
 3. Luxol 6-2 
 4. Loyola 3-5 
 5. St.Andrews 2-4 
 6. Athleta 2-6 
 7. Starlites 0-8 


Top teams in women's league win again - by Eurobasket News
As expected, the top three teams in the women's basketball league all won their matches last weekend.

Leaders Hibs Medsea extended their perfect record by beating St Andrew's, Depiro McDonalds were barely made to sweat by Starlites Sports Experience but Luxol found stiff resistance from second-bottom Honey Athleta.

With both sides having several players missing, it was Hibs who, after a slow start, found their rhythm to lead 36-15 at half-time.

St Andrew's were unable to raise their standards and the champions continued to dictate matters before finishing 76-28 winners.

Luxol had forward Francesca Psaila Savona missing. They struggled to impose their play over Athleta who shared the exchanges till half-time - 32-23.

Athleta remained in touch until the final minutes when five consecutive points sealed a hard-earned 53-44 victory for second-placed Luxol.

Depiro, third in the standings, were never troubled by Starlites with Kalia Agius, the top scorer in the championship, helping herself to 41 points.

Depiro led 49-14 at half-time and went on to cruise to a comfortable 83-32 victory.

Standings: Hibs 14 (7-0), Luxol 13 (6-1), Depiro 12 (5-2), Loyola 9 (3-3), St Andrew's 9 (2-5), Athleta 8 (1-6), Starlites 7 (0-7).

Top scorers: K. Agius (Depiro) 153, S. Pace (Depiro) 147, L. Sciberras (Athleta) 124.

Next fixtures: (League) Saturday, 14.30 St Andrew's vs Athleta. Sunday 12.45 Starlites vs Loyola; 14.30 Luxol vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


Last-gasp Depiro victory - by Eurobasket News
McDonald's Depiro pulled off a hard-earned victory over Luxol to join their beaten opponents and Hibs at the top of the table.

Honey Athleta chalked up their second victory after beating St Andrew's while Loyola Allcare Insurance had the better of Starlites Sports Experience but only after extra-time.

In the main match, Depiro came from behind to scrape past Luxol who threw away victory in the final minutes. Luxol, who had Francesca Psaila Savona missing, made the better start to open a four-point lead until the end of the first quarter 20-16.

After adding their advantage to 10 points, 26-16, Luxol were held back by Depiro's reaction as Adrian Mifsud's girls moved in front, 34-33.

Luxol hit back to establish a five-point lead going into the last quarter, 43-38. At the start of the final 10 minutes, they were nine points ahead, 49-40, but back came Depiro to wipe out the deficit with two consecutive three-pointers by Greta Zarb, who until that moment was having a quiet match, and free-throws.

In a ding-dong affair, it was another Greta Zarb three-pointer, 13 seconds from time, that awarded Depiro a narrow 58-57 victory.

Athleta continued to show progress as they registered a useful victory over St Andrew's.

They started to pull away in the last minutes of the second quarter to change ends 21-15 ahead. With St Andrew's failing to react, Athleta took complete control to finish 53-32 winners.

Loyola had to sweat to bring down Starlites before finishing 42-37 winners.

Starlites held a one-point lead at half-time, 19-18 and the game remained balanced all the way.

Marilou Cutajar forced extra-time for Starlites after tying the score at 34-34, but six consecutive points saw Loyola through.

Standings: Hibs 14 (7-0), Luxol 14 (6-2), Depiro 14 (6-2); Loyola 11 (3-5); Athleta 10 (2-6); Starlites 8 (0-8).

Top scorers: Kaila Agius (183-C-84) (Depiro) 181; S. Pace (Depiro) 151; L. Sciberras (Athleta) 144.

MBA Shield SFs: Thursday, 18.15 Luxol vs Loyola; 19.45 Hibs vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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  SERBIA - Women  


A League: Round 13 review - by Eurobasket News
After 13 rounds in Serbian A League, Partizan Belgrade is the leading team with perfect 13-0. Hemofarm follows closely with 12 wins and 1 loss.
In Round 13, Vozdovac was better than Proleter at home, winning the game 73-66. Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) poured in 21 points, while Ana Krstovic added 18 for the winning side. For visitors, Ivana Jovanovic and Dunja Lukac were good with 18 and 17 points respectively.
Celarevo stole one from Spartak after they have managed to overcome them 79-84. Visiting team got 21 points by Sonja Maric (185-F-85), while Marina Moraca and Milena Radosevic added 19 and 15 points respectively. For hosts, Sanja Orozovic was exceptional with 31 points.
Kovin was better than Loznica, beating them 66-59. Marina Caran (165-G-84, college: Missouri So.) and Nevena Jovanovic led the winning side with 23 points apiece. On the other side, Marjana Markovic had 30 points in loss.
Radivoj Korac stunned Crvena Zvezda as a guest 86-87. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) poured in 26, while Iva Musulin (170-G-84) followed with 19 points for visitors. Crvena Zvezda got 17 point efforts from Natasa Djordjevic and Natasa Kovacevic.
Hemofarm Stada hosted Vojvodina and rolled over them 91-52. Sasa Cado (172-G-89) led the rout with 13 points while Ivana Dojcinovic chipped in 11. On the other side, Anja Stupar had 13 points for the visiting side.
Partizan continued with domination after recording 81-53 away win over Radnicki. Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) led the winners with 19 points while she received help from Jelena Radic who added 15. For hosts, Jelena Stosic scored 13, while Verica Stojiljkovic added 12 points.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Jenaro Diaz is fired as coach of Palacio De Congresos IBIZA - by Ivan Villar
Jenaro Diaz couldn't finish his first season coaching in women basketball.Managers of club decided to fire him after a new loose in FIBA Eurocup as last bullet to avoid the sinking of team.The assistant coach Alex Perez and third coach Javier Quionero will be new staff for island bench.By the way,Jenaro Diaz said to have bad relations with his subsitute.Sport manager Victor Torres assumed his fault after several changes of players and coach now.Anyway,Ibiza's team is on worst moment of its history because a lot of injuries,much less budget and FIBA Eurocup.Playing european competition uses to be very bad for medium teams.A lot of teams went down to LF2 after playing this hard league

Elisa Aguilar,out for 2 weeks - by Ivan Villar
International guard,Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington),must rest during next 2 weeks.Player of Ros Casares had phisical problems during Copa of Reina.Now she has muscle problem in her leg after last game against Ollis Soller.Ros Casares isn't very worried because of its long roster.Becky Hammon decided to stay in Valencia until finish the season because her contract finished in December.Now she can help to main aim of valencians,the Euroleague.

Brooke Reeves replaces Kerri Gardin in La Seu d'Urgell - by Ivan Villar
Cadi la Seu made a new move in its roster.This time Brooke Reeves arrive to catalan team after Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, college: Virginia Tech) was fired.Reeves can play as 3 or 4 and can score from long distance.She is 32 years old so she is experienced player and heights 1,85 cm. Cadi la Seu is placing 10th position fighting to avoid going down to LF2.Brooke Reeves debuted last league game against Palacio de Congresos Ibiza.This game was a final for both teams and Cadi La Seu gave an important step after winning by 10 points.

Ashley Battle lands off in Asefa Estudiantes Madrid - by Ivan Villar
The shooting guard Ashley Battle (185-C/F-82, college: Connecticut) is new player of Asefa Estudiantes Madrid.The spanish team was looking for a player of her conditions.Ashley is a great shooter and very good defender ans she also know spanish way of llife.She played in Ferrol,Canarias and Leon,therefore,her adaptation will be quick.The american player said to be very happy for living in Madrid.She hopes to help her team to run away of last 2 positions which supposes to move down to LF2.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


Damligan: First games of Round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Incomplete Round 15 of the Swedish Damligan was played during the week with hosts taking most of the wins.
Solna Vikings was the only team to record away win as they were better than Eos 59-73. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) led the way for visitors with 23 points. She received support from Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) who added 17 and Maria Gultekin who had 14 points.
Marbo Basket hosted Umea and had an easy job on its way to 91-71 win. Hosts got 23 points from Ashley Key (180-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.). Shawn Goff (191-C-87, college: Mississippi) followed closely with 20 while Johanna Jerebko (180-F-89) finished the game with 13. On the other side, Pamela Rosanio poured 33 points.
08 Stockholm overcame Visby with ease, winning the match 75-55. Agnes Nordstrom (181-G-88) and Kadidja Andersson led the rout with 19 points apiece. They were followed by Nina Risto who added 11. For visitors, Jeannie Saunders was the only player to reach double digits with 22 points.
Brahe Basket has beaten Umea 75-62 thanks to Ajnur Bilibani (173-G-90) who scored 18 points. Sara Svedberg (159-G-93) followed with 15, while Frida Jern Bruhn and Jillian Ingram chipped in 14 and 12 points respectively. Umea was led by Pamela Rosanio who had 25 points in loss.
Matches which remain to be played are between Sallen and Telge, as well as Sundsvall and Norrkoping.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Fribourg acquire Jeanette Woodberry - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg have agreed on terms of contract with Jeanette Woodberry (172-G-85, college: Davenport). The 24-year-old guard will spend the reminder of the season in Swtizerland. The US guard spent the previous season in Netherlands. Jeanette Woodberry played for Renes/Binnenland. The guard graduated from Davenport University in 2008. She tallied 19.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game in the senior season.
Fribourg also extended the contract of head coach Darko Ristic for one more season.



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Fenerbahce sign Ebony Hoffman - by Alan Aykun
Fenerbahce Istanbul has signed American forward Ebony Hoffman (188-C/F-82, college: USC) (188-F-98,collage:USC). Hoffman was played for Fenerbahce Istanbul, 2007-2008 season and they won the Turkish League, Turkish Cup and the President's Cup.Hoffman averaged 10.4 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game while earning the WNBA 'Most Improved Player' Award 2007-2008 season.

Her overall 2009 WNBA averages:29,6 minutes, 9,9 points, 4,9 rebound, 1,1 assits, 1,7 steals, 0,3 blocks
Her career WNBA averages:21,6 minutes, 6,2 points,4,9 rebound, 1,1 assists, 1,0



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Carey scores 17 - by David Edole
The Jones County JC Lady Bobcats scored the games first seven points and never looked back in crushing Meridian, 91-64.

The Lady Bobcats upped their record to 12-4 with the decisive victory.

JCJC led 7-0 at the 18:00 mark and was up 12-3 with 16:24 showing when Dominique Evans scored. A Crystal Tucker bucket with 13:00 put Jones up 22-9, but MCC fought back.

The Lady Eagles outscored Jones 13-3 over the next four minutes and trimmed the margin to 25-22 with 9:00 left when LaDarica Campbell scored. However, the Lady Bobcats regained control, ended the half on a 19-7 run and led 44-29 at intermission.

MCC would get no closer in the second half.

A 3-pointer by Erica Moore put Jones up 59-36 with 13:48 remaining. Tuckers basket with 7:21 left off an assist by Kiana Harris gave the Lady Bobcats their longest lead of the evening at 77-48.

Taylorsville sophomore Ashley Lee had another solid outing with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats. Jackson Murrah freshman Tanecka Carey (G) had 17 points, which included a 4-of-10 night from 3-point range. Moore, a sophomore from Grove Hill, Ala., added 12 and Jackson Jim Hill sophomore Brigit Taylor had 10. Tucker, a Northeast Jones freshman, came off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds in addition to scoring four points. Carey, Moore and Jackson Provine freshman Kiana Harris had four assists each.

The Lady Bobcats outrebounded MCC, 57-38, and had 17 assists compared to seven for the Lady Eagles.

Shardae Johnson and Campbell had 11 each for Meridian, while Tiara Logan and Brittany Bohannon had 10 each. The Eagles fall to 14-4 on the season.

WOMEN
Jones County 91, Meridian 64
MERIDIAN (14-4) Shardae Johnson 11, LaDarica Campbell 11, Tiara Logan 10, Brittany Bohannon 10, Kierra Jones 7, Bianca Powell 5, Tay Odneal 4, Matika Sterling 0, Porsha Wilson 3, LaQuita Burrough 2, Kyai Forney 1, Amber Fields 0, Kayla Hawkins 0, Dede Cunningham 0.
JONES COUNTY (12-4) Ashley Lee 21, Tanecka Carey 17, Erica Moore 12, Brigit Taylor 10, Dominique Evans 8, Kiana Harris 8, Coco McLaurin 8, Crystal Tucker 4, Kerri Simmons 2, Jessica McCann 1, Candice Little 0.
Meridian 29-35 64
Jones County 44-47 91



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Transfer news of the country - by Eurobasket News
Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) moves to Kozachka and will play there until the rest of the season for sure. The majority of her career she played for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk. The Ukrainian player got also some experience in the international arena this year as Dnipro participated in EuroCup. Oksana Kisilova averaged 3.0 points per game and had 4.2 rebounds. For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention the Silver medals in 2006 at the European Championships U18 Division B in Chieti (Italy). In 8 games she averaged 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 38.1%. Moreover in 2007 she played at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) and in 6 games showed 7.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 31.3%, FT: 53.3%.
Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) also left Dnipro and will play now for Donbas. She will however stay there until the rest of the season and then expects to come back to Dnipro. In EuroCup she averaged 5.8 points per game and had 4.2 rebounds. In year 2008 she was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League Newcomer of the Year.
Serhiy Voznyuk (183-78) is a new Head Coach of Yuzhna Palmira as he was announced to take the team until the rest of the season. Svietlana Koliadiuk will remain in the team and will pay more attention to the administrative work.


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  WNBA - Women  


Jenny Boucek to re-join Storm as director of player development and scouting - by Eurobasket News
Jenny Boucek has re-joined the Seattle Storm organization as the director of player development and scouting, Storm Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler announced today. The 2010 season marks Boucek's fourth with the organization.

'I'm thrilled Jenny is joining our staff this season,' Agler said. 'Jenny has witnessed and experienced the WNBA from both the playing and coaching vantage points and brings a valuable perspective to our staff. She knows both the professional game and our league and what it takes to be successful at our level.

'We will count on Jenny to work with our players to improve their skills and overall game along with overseeing the team's scouting responsibilities. Just like finding individuals that fit our program and improve our team, we look for staff members that can do the same. Jenny brings that to the Storm.'

Boucek served as an assistant coach for the Storm under Anne Donovan during the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons and was an integral part of the 2004 WNBA championship team. In two-plus seasons as the head coach for the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs, Boucek compiled a record of 40-41.

'It's an honor to be part of the Storm organization again,' Boucek said. 'There is a dynamic, synergetic relationship that exists between the Storm, the fans and the community and to me this epitomizes what pro sports should be.

'Sharing in the experience of winning the 2004 WNBA championship was one of my most memorable experiences and I am elated to team up with this great organization and community in pursuing another championship.'

After beginning her WNBA coaching career began in 1999 as an assistant with the Washington Mystics, Boucek spent three seasons as an assistant with the Miami Sol. She played professional basketball for two years before joining the coach ranks. In 1997, the WNBA's inaugural season, Boucek was a member of the Cleveland Rockers.

Boucek also played in Iceland in 1998 and was voted the country's best player after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists. She returned to Cleveland for the 1998 season but was forced to retire due to a career-ending back injury.

A four-year starter at the University of Virginia (1992-96), Boucek helped lead the Cavaliers to four regular-season ACC Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances. She was a two-time GTE Academic All-America team member and two-time ACC selection. Boucek twice earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors and finished her career at Virginia as a member of the 1,000-point club. She also competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com